Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Following a 3-1 loss to Ajax, Utrecht will be aiming to finish the season in great manner when they take on Emmen on Sunday afternoon. Utrecht did well to beat both Twente and RKC Waalwijk in the previous two home games and they are seen as hot favourites to beat the relegation strugglers as well. All Luuk Brouwers, Anthony Descotte, and Bas Dost are sidelined with injuries, while Amin Younes is a major doubt.
The visitors, on the other hand, suffered a 3-1 loss to Feyenoord at the weekend and, as a result, they failed to secure the Eredivisie survival. Considering that the visitors are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Utrecht, we are tempted to put our money on the home side. The likes of Rui Mendes, Jeff Hardeveld, and Maikel Kieftenbeld are out of contention with injuries.
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 (Emmen):
Based in Emmen, Drenthe, FC Emmen is a Dutch football club that play home matches at De Oude Meerdijk. The amateur club was founded on August 21, 1925, with the team turning professional in 1985.
Emmen’s home kit is white and red, while black is the dominant colour of their away shirt. FC Emmen secured promotion to the Eredivisie in the 2018/19 season and they have been competing in the Dutch elite division ever since. On their debut it the Eredivisie Emmen defeated ADO Den Haag at Cars Jeans Stadion.
Glenn Bijl scored the first goal for the club in the Dutch top flight. Emmen finished the season in the 14th position in the standings, with the team securing survival in the Eredivisie. Cas Peters is the club’s all-time top scorer with 56 goals on his account. FC Emmen have never represented the Netherlands in European competitions.