Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
David faces Goliath at De Kuip as Feyenoord and RKC take on each other in the Eredivisie round 22. and we're confident they'll come out swinging against RKC, leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of victory. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is pushing for a start after returning from international duty, while all Gjival Zechiel, Quinten Timber, Gernot Trauner, Justin Bijlow, and Thomas van den Belt remain in the treatment room.
Henk Fraser’s troops, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over NEC Nijmegen, but given their poor away record in the 2023/2024 season, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be David Min, who scored a brace at the weekend, while Henk Fraser has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Rotterdam.
Highlighted Player (Alireza Jahanbakhsh):
Born in Jirandeh, Iran on August 11 1990, Alireza Jahanbakhsh is a footballer who plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. Before AZ, Jahanbakhsh played for NEC in the Eredivisie, but he began his youth career at Payam Alborz Qazvin. Speaking of his senior debut, he made it with Damash Tehran in the 2010/2011 season.
In 2011 he moved to fellow Iranian club Damash Gilan and it has to be noted that he scored 10 goals in 44 appearances in the league for the club. The AZ Alkmaar winger, who is used as an attacking midfielder as well, scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie in the 2017/2018 season. Speaking of his international career, Alireza JahanBakhsh scored two goals for Iran on the road to Russia and he will represent his homeland at the 2018 FIFA world cup finals.
Due to his style of play, Jahanbakhsh has always been compared to legendary Iranian footballer Mehdi Mahdavikia.
Highlighted Team (Waalwijk):
RKC Waalwijk is a Dutch club that competes in the Eredivisie. RKC returned to the Dutch top flight in the 2019/20 season, and they were more than fortunate not to suffer relegation back to Eerste Divisie. Fred Grim’s men were stuck at the bottom of the table when the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, they did not drop to the Dutch second tier. RKC play home games at Mandemakers Stadion, the venue which can hold only 7,500 spectators. RKC Waalwijk are well known for their yellow shirts with blue strips, but their away kit is mainly black. The Mandemakers Stadion outfit have never won the national championship.
RKC, though, represented the Netherlands in European competitions in the past, with team taking part in Intertoto Cup on four occasions. Willem II are seen as one of the club’s main rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the Brabantse derby.