Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Vitesse and Heerenveen take on each other at GelreDome in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Sunday’s program. The Vitas aim to build on a 2-1 win over Go Ahead Eagles, and the bookies see them as favourites to beat Heerenveen on home soil. Riechedly Bazoer serves a one-game ban, while both Jeroen Houwen and Maximilian Wittek are out of contention with injuries.
As for the visitors, they aim to climb to the Conference League berth, and seeing that they will go for a win as well, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered. Joost van Aken is widely expected to replace Nick Bakker in the starting XI, while Pawel Bochniewicz is rated doubtful for the game. In the first half of the season Vitesse defeated Heerenveen 2-1 at Abe Lenstra Stadion.
Highlighted Player (Riechedly Bazoer):
Despite playing for PSV during his youth career, Riechedly Bazoer made his Eredivisie debut with Ajax. The central midfielder who was born on 12 October, 1996 in Utrecht, scored his first goal for Ajax on 15 February, 2015 in a 4-2 victory over Twente.
Four days later he made his European debut with the Amsterdammers, taking part in a 1-0 win over Legia in the Europa League. Bazoer scored five goals in 29 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 season, but he failed to win the domestic trophy with Frank de Boer’s troops.
Speaking of his international career, Bazoer has two caps for Netherlands U21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 13 November, 2015 against Wales. It has to be noted that he came as a late substitute in the 3-2 victory over the Dragons. Back in 2012 the right-footed midfielder won the UEFA U17 European Championship with the Dutch national team.
Highlighted Team (Heerenveen):
Heerenveen is a Dutch football club that is well known for their white shirts with blue stripes. De Superfriezen (The Super Frisians) play home matches at Abe Lenstra Stadium, which has the capacity of 26,400 people.
Heerenveen have yet to win the Eredivisie title, but they impressed in the 1999/00 season, with the team finishing the process in second position in the standings. Thanks to a top-two finish, the club booked their place in the Champions League. Heerenveen, though, recorded only one in the group stages of the elite competition as they defeated Olympiakos 1-0 at home ground. De Superfizien retain a fierce rivals with Cambuur, and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two teams.
It has to be noted that Heerenveen won the Dutch Cup in the 2008/09 season, with the team beating Twente on penalties in the title game. New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech played for Heerenveen at the start of his senior career.