Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Heerenveen will be aiming to build on a 3-2 win over NEC Nijmegen when they host Excelsior to their Abe Lenstra Stadion. Heerenveen have been involved in some high-scoring games of late and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. A man to watch in the home team will be Sydney van Hooijdonk, who has found his goal-scoring touch, while midfielder Syb Van Ottele serves a one-game ban.
The visitors, meanwhile, suffered a 2-0 loss to league leaders Feyenoord in the local derby at the weekend. Excelsior are eager to escape the relegation zone, but given their poor away record in the 2022/2023 season (1-2-12), we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to Friesland.
Highlighted Team (Heerenveen):
Heerenveen is a Dutch football club that is well known for their white shirts with blue stripes. De Superfriezen (The Super Frisians) play home matches at Abe Lenstra Stadium, which has the capacity of 26,400 people.
Heerenveen have yet to win the Eredivisie title, but they impressed in the 1999/00 season, with the team finishing the process in second position in the standings. Thanks to a top-two finish, the club booked their place in the Champions League. Heerenveen, though, recorded only one in the group stages of the elite competition as they defeated Olympiakos 1-0 at home ground. De Superfizien retain a fierce rivals with Cambuur, and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two teams.
It has to be noted that Heerenveen won the Dutch Cup in the 2008/09 season, with the team beating Twente on penalties in the title game. New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech played for Heerenveen at the start of his senior career.