Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Sunday’s football game at Gofferstadion pits together NEC Nijmegen and Willem II, the two teams who are level on points in the Eredivisie standings. NEC aim to build on back-to-back wins over Zwolle and Heracles, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Rogier Meijer’s troops are likely to rely on their solid defence in Saturday’s clash as they managed to keep a clean sheet in each of the previous two league fixtures. Turkey U21 attacker Ali Akman is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
The Tricolores are eyeing their third clean sheet of the process as well, and, taking everything into account, we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on under 2.5 goals. You should know that three goals in total have been netted in the previous four meetings between the two sides. The good news for the visitors is that defender Emil Bergstrom returns from a two-match ban.
Highlighted Player (Robbin Ruiter):
Robbin Ruiter is a Dutch professional goalkeeper who plays for Eredivisie club Willem II. Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands on March 25, 1987, the 196-cm-tall shot-stopper is a product of RKAV Volendam youth team.
Speaking of his senior career, Ruiter began playing for FC Volendam. After making 70 league appearances for the Het Andere Oranje, the goalkeeper joined Utrecht in 2012 where he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. After short spells with Sunderland and PSV, Robbin Ruiter signed a two-year contract with Willem II in the summer of 2020. It has to be noted that he did well to make it to the EFL Trophy final with Sunderland in the 2018/19 season.
The Black Cats suffered a loss to Portsmouth in the decider, with the Pompey winning the trophy after penalty shoot-out. Robin Ruitter has yet to make his debut with the Netherlands national football team.
Highlighted Team (Willem II):
Based in Tilburg, Netherlands, Willem II is a professional football club that competes in the Eredivisie. The Tricolores were founded back in August 1896 under the name of Tilburgia, but the club’s first big success came in the 1915/16 season when they won the national championship.
Willem II repeated the success in the 1951/52 Eredivisie campaign, with the team winning their third domestic trophy three years later. When it comes to KNVB Cup, the Tricolores have won it on two occasions (1943/44, 1962/63). Willem II are well known for their white shirts with red and blue strips, while their away kit is mainly mint with dark navy accents.
The Tricolores play home matches at Koning Willem II Stadion, the venue with the capacity of 14,700 spectators. Willem II have fierce rivals in Nac Breda, as the cities of Breda and Tilburg are only 20 kilometers apart. Former Barcelona and Arsenal star Marc Overmars is one of the most notable footballers who played for the club.