Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Utrecht and NEC Nijmegen square off against each other at Stadion Galgenwaard, in what is expected to be a close Netherland Eredivisie game. Utrecht aim to build on back-to-back wins over Vitesse and Fortuna Sittard, and a triumph over NEC should see them move closer to the playoffs berth. Experienced attacker Bas Dost will be the man to keep an eye on in the home side, since he scored three goals in his last four starts for the home side.
All Arthur Zagre, Mike van der Hoorn, Bart Ramselaar and Tommy St. Jago will probably miss the match, whilst Ramon Hendriks has yet to recover from a long-term ACL injury. The visitors, on the other hand, haven’t lost any of their last five league games, and will look to extend the trend on Friday. However, Rogier Meijer’s men failed to score in each of their last three matches against Utrecht, and that’s the main reason why we are going to put our money on the home side. Mathias De Wolf is rated doubtful for the match.
Highlighted Player (Willem Janssen):
After starting his senior career at VVV-Venlo, Willem Janssen joined fellow Dutch club Roda JC in 2007. The 186-cm-tall centre-back scored 22 goals in 129 appearances for the Black and Yellows in the Eredivisie, and in 2011 he moved to Twente.
After ending his loan spell with Utrecht in 2014, he signed a permanent deal with the Stadion Galgenwaard outfit, and he has been playing for the club ever since. He scored his first league goal for Utrecht in a 1-1 draw with Zwolle on September 1, 2013. Willem Janseen was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands on July 4, 1986, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the national team. Janssen, though, has two caps with the Netherlands U21 team.
His main position is centre-back, but he is used as both defensive midfielder and central midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right. In the 2015/16 season he helped Utrecht make it to the Dutch Cup final, but Feyenoord proved to be a big catch for them in the title game.