Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Heerenveen and Utrecht take on each other at Abe Lenstra Stadion in what is expected to be an interesting Eredivisie game. Heerenveen proved their worth in a 3-1 win over Volendam, with the team putting an end to their three-game winless run, and, no doubt, the triumph helped them regain a much-needed confidence. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Sydney van Hooijdonk, who impressed in the last league match, while there are no fresh selection worries in the home team.
Utrecht, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over Sparta Rotterdam, and given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. You should know that both sides managed to find the net in 12 of their last 13 meetings in the Dutch top flight. Henk Fraser is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Rotterdammers at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Mike van der Hoorn):
Mike van der Hoorn is a Dutch international who plays for Arminia Bielefeld as a centre-back. Van der Hoorn spent his youth career at the likes of Buitenboys, Omniworld and Utrecht, and he continued playing for the “Cathedral citizens” at senior level.
The Dutch footballer then joined Ajax where he scored three goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie. During his spell with the famous Eredivisie club he made 22 appearances for Jong Ajax as well. In 2016 he decided to move to UK as he signed a three-year deal with Swansea City.
After spending four seasons at the Liberty Stadium, Mikel van der Hoorn joined Arminia Bielefeld in the summer of 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dutch defender made his Bundesliga debut on September 19, 2020 in a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. His primary position is centre-back, and he has a contract with Arminia until June 30, 2023.
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.