Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Following a 1-1 draw with RKC, Emmen will look to return to winning ways when they take on Utrecht on Matchday 3. All Metehan Guclu, Lorenzo Burnet, Maikel Kieftenbeld, and Kyan van Dorp are out of contention with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team. Utrecht, on the other hand, kicked off the new Eredivisie campaign with back-to-back draws against Cambuur and RKC.
Henk Fraser’s men are eager to record their first win of the process, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash. Both Ramon Hendriks and Mike van der Hoorn miss out through injuries, while all Django Warmerdam, Sander Van de Streek, Bart Ramselaar, and Tommy St. Jago will be assessed ahead of the kick-off. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Utrecht are a more experienced side than Emmen.
Highlighted Player (Willem Janssen):
After starting his senior career at VVV-Venlo, Willem Janssen joined fellow Dutch club Roda JC in 2007. The 186-cm-tall centre-back scored 22 goals in 129 appearances for the Black and Yellows in the Eredivisie, and in 2011 he moved to Twente.
After ending his loan spell with Utrecht in 2014, he signed a permanent deal with the Stadion Galgenwaard outfit, and he has been playing for the club ever since. He scored his first league goal for Utrecht in a 1-1 draw with Zwolle on September 1, 2013. Willem Janseen was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands on July 4, 1986, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the national team. Janssen, though, has two caps with the Netherlands U21 team.
His main position is centre-back, but he is used as both defensive midfielder and central midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right. In the 2015/16 season he helped Utrecht make it to the Dutch Cup final, but Feyenoord proved to be a big catch for them in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Utrecht):
Established on July 1, 1970, Utrecht is a Dutch club that competes in the Eredivisie. The club was founded as a merger of VV DOS, USV Elinkwijk, and Velox, and it has to be noted that VV DOS did well to win the Eredivisie trophy back in 1958.
Utrecht, on the other hand, have yet to win the national championship, but they have lifted three KNVB Cup trophies (1984/85, 2002/03, 2003/04). Leo van Veen is leading the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 153 goals. Speaking of the club’s colours, they were white and red shirts when playing at home, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
Due to the hooligan clashes, Utrecht have a rivalry with Dutch giants Ajax. The games between the two clubs have always been very tense on the field. Utrecht welcome their rivals at Stadion Galgenwaard, the venue which can hold up to 23,750 people. The stadium was opened back in May 1936.