Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Saturday’s football game at Goffertstadion pits together NEC Nijmegen and Utrecht, the two teams who sit in the bottom half of the table. Nijmegen are eyeing their only second win of the process and they are likely to adopt yet another attack-minded approach. Brayann Pereira limped off with injury in a 4-0 loss to PSV, with Bart van Rooij likely to step up.
Utrecht, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Heracles and they managed to get one. The triumph gave them a confidence boost and given NEC’s slow start to the season, we predict that the visitors are going to pick up all three points from the match. Ron Jans has a full squad to choose from, which is yet another reason why we are going to be on the visitors, who are eyeing a spot in European competitions.
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.