Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Utrecht and Groningen square off against each other at Stadion Galgenwaard on day 13 of the new Eredivisie campaign. Utrecht are eyeing their third consecutive league win, and the bookies see them as favourites to pick up all three points from the match. Mees Rijks is banned for the match, while both Naoki Maeda and Nick Viergever are out of contention with injuries.
Frank Wormuth’s troops, on the other hand, are four points clear of the relegation zone, and given their difficulties on the road, we predict that the in-form hosts will emerge triumphant in Sunday’s game. Both Nordin Musampa and Michael Verrips should miss out with injuries, while both Tomas Suslov and Liam Van Gelderen are major doubts. In their last meeting at the venue Groningen defeated Utrecht 3-1, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
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 (Groningen):
Groningen is a Dutch football clubs that competes in the Eredivisie. Founded on June 16, 1971, Groningen play home games at Euroborg. The venue was built by Ballas Nedam, Royal BAM Group and VolkerWessels, and it can hold up to 22,525 people.
The Trots van het Noorden (Pride of the North) are well known for their white home shirts with red stripes, while purple is the dominant colour of their away kit. Volendam are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Twente as well after the 1980s incidents between their fans. Groningen have yet to win the Eredivisie trophy, but they did well to go all the way in the Dutch Cup in the 2014/15 season.
The green and whites defeated Zwolle 2-0 in the title game. Speaking of their European success, it has to be noted that Groningen participated in the Europa League on two occasions. In the 2015/16 season the Trots van het Noorden booked their place in the group stages of the competition, but they failed to record a win in the process.