Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Vitesse will be looking to make amends for a 4-1 loss to Venlo when they host RKC at their GelreDome on Matchday 20. Vitesse continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, with the team eyeing their fifth consecutive triumph on home soil. Since boss Thomas Letsch has no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday’s clash, home win should definitely be considered.
Fred Grim’s troops, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to PSV and Fortuna Sittard, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Vitesse’s party at GelreDome. In their last encounter in the Dutch top flight Vitesse defeated RKC thanks to Oussama Darfalou’s goal, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. Both El Haddouti and Ngonge are likely to miss the game through injuries for the visiting team.
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 (Waalwijk):
RKC Waalwijk is a Dutch club that competes in the Eredivisie. RKC returned to the Dutch top flight in the 2019/20 season, and they were more than fortunate not to suffer relegation back to Eerste Divisie. Fred Grim’s men were stuck at the bottom of the table when the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, they did not drop to the Dutch second tier. RKC play home games at Mandemakers Stadion, the venue which can hold only 7,500 spectators. RKC Waalwijk are well known for their yellow shirts with blue strips, but their away kit is mainly black. The Mandemakers Stadion outfit have never won the national championship.
RKC, though, represented the Netherlands in European competitions in the past, with team taking part in Intertoto Cup on four occasions. Willem II are seen as one of the club’s main rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the Brabantse derby.