Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Utrecht will look to put an end to their six-game winless run when they take on NEC Nijmegen in the Eredivisie round 31. Interim manager Rick Kruys and his men are eyeing a spot in European competitions, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s clash. All St. Jago, van de Maarel, Mahi, and Veerman are out of contention with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
NEC, on the other hand, were on the verge of holding Ajax to a goalless draw, but Brian Brobbey eventually scored a late winner for the Amsterdammers. The visitors have been struggling in front of goal of late, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Both Wilfried Bony and Edgar Barreto remain on the sidelines with injuries for the visiting side.
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.