Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Fortuna Sittard and Den Haag face each other at Fortuna Sittard Stadion in the Eredivisie round 23. Fortuna did well to beat Sparta Rotterdam on the road in their last league match, with the team climbing to top ten in the standings. The hosts aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and they should take advantage of Den Haag’s shaky defence. Boss Sjors Ultee should have a full squad to choose from.
Den Haag, on the other hand, were more than fortunate not to suffer a loss to PSV in their last league match, with Roger Schmidt’s troops missing a number of clear-cut chances to score. Since Ruud Brood’s troops have been struggling at the back of late, we do not believe that they are capable of matching Fortuna on the road. Michiel Kramer is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors following his amazing bicycle-kick goal in the draw with PSV.
Highlighted Player (Alexei Koselev):
Alexei Koselev is a Moldovan international who plays for Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard. Koselev started his youth career at Kuban Krasnodar, but he did not see any game action with the Russian club at senior level.
The Moldovan goalkeeper played for the likes of Gagauzia, Dacia-2 Buiucani, Real-Succes, Saxan Gagauz Yeri, FC Tiraspol, Sheriff Tiraspol, and Politehnica Iasi before joining Fortuna Sittard in the summer of 2018. Alexei Koselev has 18 caps for the Moldova U21 team, and he made his senior debut in a qualifier against Russia in 2015.
The 200-cm-tall shot-stopper managed to keep his first clean sheet with the Moldova national team in a 2-0 win over San Marino on March 19, 2017. Alexei Koselev’s preferred foot is right, and he wears the No. 77 shirt at Fortuna Sittard. He made his Eredivisie debut on August 11, 2018 in a 1-1 draw with Excelsior.
Highlighted Team (Den Haag):
Ado Den Haag is a professional Dutch club based in Hague, the seat of the Netherlands government. De Ooievaars (The Storks) welcome their rivals at Cars Jeans Stadion, which can hold up to 15,000 spectators. Founded back in February, 1905, Den Haag are well known for their yellow shirts with green stripes, while their away kit is mainly sky blue.
De Ooievaars were the dominant force in the Netherlands Football League Championship during the World War II, with the team winning two domestic trophies (1941/42, and 1942/43). Den Haag have two KNVB Cup titles as well as they won the Dutch Cup in both 1967/68 and 1974/75 seasons. Legendary Netherlands tactician Dick Advocaat played for Den Haag on two occasions.
He scored seven goals in 147 league appearances from 1966 to 1973, and he returned to the club in 1979. Ajax and Feyenoord are considered the club’s biggest rivals. The rivalry between the clubs has become big due to hooligan fights before and after matches.