Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Fortuna Sittard and Willem II square off against each other at Fortuna Sittard Stadion on day 26 of the current Eredivisie campaign. The hosts suffered yet another dip in form, with the team losing to both Cambuur and Zwolle in the previous two league fixtures. Fortuna Sittard are desperate to escape the relegation zone, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail in Sunday’s showdown.
Arianit Ferati is sidelined with injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team. The Tricolores, on the other hand, collected only one point in total from the previous four league fixtures. Since Willem II are eager to return to winning ways as well, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Dries Saddiki is banned for the match, while fellow midfielders Thijs Oosting and Pol Llonch Puyalto should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. SL Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014.
A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances.
Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
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.