Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Feyenoord, Vitesse will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on NEC Nijmegen at Gofferstadion. The Vitas aim to regain their spot in top seven, but they will have to do it without suspended duo Thomas Buitink – Matus Bero. A man to keep an eye on in the away side will be in-form attacker Lois Openda, who scored a brace in the last league match.
NEC, on the other hand, did well to beat Fortuna Sittard in their last league fixture, with the team climbing to 10th place in the standings. The hosts aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but given Vitesse’s display in the triumph over Feyenoord, away win should be considered. Both Mathias De Wolf and Rens Van Eijden are major doubts, and the duo will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Highlighted Player (Riechedly Bazoer):
Despite playing for PSV during his youth career, Riechedly Bazoer made his Eredivisie debut with Ajax. The central midfielder who was born on 12 October, 1996 in Utrecht, scored his first goal for Ajax on 15 February, 2015 in a 4-2 victory over Twente.
Four days later he made his European debut with the Amsterdammers, taking part in a 1-0 win over Legia in the Europa League. Bazoer scored five goals in 29 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 season, but he failed to win the domestic trophy with Frank de Boer’s troops.
Speaking of his international career, Bazoer has two caps for Netherlands U21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 13 November, 2015 against Wales. It has to be noted that he came as a late substitute in the 3-2 victory over the Dragons. Back in 2012 the right-footed midfielder won the UEFA U17 European Championship with the Dutch national team.
Highlighted Team (Vitesse):
Nicknamed Vitas, the proud of Gelderland, Vitesse are a Dutch football club based in Arnhem. Vitesse compete in the Dutch Eredivisie and they have yet to win the national championship. However, they finished as runners-up in the Dutch elite division on five occasions (1897–98, 1902–03, 1912–13, 1913–14, 1914–15), while clinching third place in the standings in the 1997/1998 season.
Vitesse did remarkably well to win the 2016/2017 Dutch Cup title, with the team beating AZ Alkmaar in the final at De Kuip in Rotterdam. As a result, the Vitas booked their place in the Europa League group stages where they face the likes of Lazio, Nice and Zulte-Waregem.
Vitesse are well known for their yellow jerseys with black stripes, while the club’s away colour is black. GelreDome is the home ground of the Dutch team and the capacity of the venue is 21.248. It has to be noted that famous Spanish footballer Albert Ferrer was in charge of the club in the 2010/2011 season.