Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Saturday’s football game at Gofferstadion pits together NEC Nijmegen and Heerenveen, the two teams who are level on points in the Eredivisie standings. Nijmegen aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Groningen, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. With no fresh injury worries to report, Rogier Meijer is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Trots van het Noorden at the weekend.
De Superfriezen, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Sparta Rotterdam and Emmen. Since both sides are eager to secure a top-eight finish, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. There are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team ahead of the trip to Gelderland. The opposition back-line should have Sydney van Hooijdonk at bay as the 23-year-old forward scored a brace in the 3-2 loss to Emmen.
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.