Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
There will be fireworks when Utrecht and AZ Alkmaar face each other in the Eredivisie derby on Sunday afternoon. Utrecht picked up 10 points in total from the last four league games, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the league leaders. Experienced attacker Bas Dost will be the man to keep an eye on in the home side as he scored two goals in the last three starts for the hosts. Tommy St. Jago is rated doubtful for the match and could be the only absentee for the home team. De Kaasboeren, on the other hand, also collected 10 points in their last four league games, and as a result are sitting top of the table ahead of round 9.
The visitors are currently the only undefeated side in the national championship, and surely they will go for the win in this match, too. Taking everything into account, we predict that the guests will pick up all three points from this encounter due to their splendid form. The likes of Bruno Martins Indi, Hakon Evjen and important attacker Vangelis Pavlidis remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Mike van der Hoorn):
Mike van der Hoorn is a Dutch international who plays for Arminia Bielefeld as a centre-back. Van der Hoorn spent his youth career at the likes of Buitenboys, Omniworld and Utrecht, and he continued playing for the “Cathedral citizens” at senior level.
The Dutch footballer then joined Ajax where he scored three goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie. During his spell with the famous Eredivisie club he made 22 appearances for Jong Ajax as well. In 2016 he decided to move to UK as he signed a three-year deal with Swansea City.
After spending four seasons at the Liberty Stadium, Mikel van der Hoorn joined Arminia Bielefeld in the summer of 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dutch defender made his Bundesliga debut on September 19, 2020 in a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. His primary position is centre-back, and he has a contract with Arminia until June 30, 2023.
Highlighted Team (AZ):
AZ Alkmaar are a professional football club that play their home matches at AFAS Stadion. The venue was opened on 4 August, 2006 and the construction of the stadium cost €38 million. AFAS Stadion is able to hold 17 023 spectators.
The Cheeseheads were founded on 10 May, 1967 and they won their first trophy in 1981, finishing the season 12 points clear of Dutch giants Ajax. 18 years later AZ clinched their second Eredivisie trophy, with the team finishing the 2008/2009 campaign with 80 points, 11 clear of second-placed Twente. In 1981 the club made it to the UEFA Cup final, but English side Ipswich Town proved to be a big catch for the Dutch team.
AZ’s home kits are red and white and they wear black shirts when playing on the road. The likes of Shota Arveladze, Jozy Altidore, Ron Vlaar, Joris Mathijsen, Graziano Pelle, Simon Poulsen, Moussa Dembele and Sergio Romero are notable footballers who played for AZ in the past.