Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
NEC Nijmegen and Utrecht face each other at Gofferstadion in a highly-anticipated Eredivisie game. Following back-to-back wins over Zwolle and Heracles, NEC shared the spoils with Willem II and Sparta Rottertam in the previous two league fixture. The newcomers aim to extend their unbeaten run to five games, but the bookies see them as underdogs in the midweek clash. Both Mathias de Wolf and Rens van Eijden are rated doubtful for the game.
Utrecht, on the other hand, aim to return to winning ways after dropping two points in a 2-2 draw with RKC. Since the visitors experienced all sorts of problems at the back in their last league match, we are tempted to put our money on over 2.5 goals. The bad news for the visitors is that midfielder Simon Gustafson limped off with injury in the 2-2 draw with Utrecht.
Highlighted Player (Willem Janssen):
After starting his senior career at VVV-Venlo, Willem Janssen joined fellow Dutch club Roda JC in 2007. The 186-cm-tall centre-back scored 22 goals in 129 appearances for the Black and Yellows in the Eredivisie, and in 2011 he moved to Twente.
After ending his loan spell with Utrecht in 2014, he signed a permanent deal with the Stadion Galgenwaard outfit, and he has been playing for the club ever since. He scored his first league goal for Utrecht in a 1-1 draw with Zwolle on September 1, 2013. Willem Janseen was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands on July 4, 1986, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the national team. Janssen, though, has two caps with the Netherlands U21 team.
His main position is centre-back, but he is used as both defensive midfielder and central midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right. In the 2015/16 season he helped Utrecht make it to the Dutch Cup final, but Feyenoord proved to be a big catch for them in the title game.
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.