Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Mandemakers Stadion will host Sunday’s Eredivisie game between RKC and Utrecht, the two teams who shared the spoils with Cambuur and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively in their last warm-up games. RKC aim to put an end to their four-game winless run in pre-season, but they will have a big fish to fry in the Eredivisie opener. It has to be noted that the club chiefs have signed permanent deals with the likes of Lelieveld, Vroegh, Felida, and Kesting in the summer transfer window.
Henk Fraser’s troops, on the other hand, missed out on a spot in the Conference League last term, and, no doubt, their main goal is to represent the Netherlands in European competitions next season. Utrecht are more of a team than RKC, but seeing that Joseph Oosting’s troops are tough to beat at home, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw.
Highlighted Player (Vurnon Anita):
Vurnon Anita is yet another product of famous Ajax youth football academy. The defensive midfielder made a great progress during his spell with the Eredivisie outfit as he played for the first team from 2006 to 2012. During the 2011/2012 season Anita was on Newcastle United’s radar, but Ajax chiefs rejected Newcastle’s first bid for the player.
Nonetheless, the two clubs eventually came to an agreement and the Dutch footballer moved to St. James’ Park in the summer of 2012. Vurnon Anita signed for the Magpies for a fee of £6.7 million and he made his Newcastle debut on August 18, 2012 in a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the opening game of the season.
After making 133 appearances in the league for the Magpies, Anita joined Leeds United on July 6, 2017, signing a three-year deal with the Championship club. Vurnon Anita made his debut for Netherlands in a 2-1 win over Mexico in May, 2010. His main position is defensive midfield, but he can play as a full-back as well.
Highlighted Team (Utrecht):
Established on July 1, 1970, Utrecht is a Dutch club that competes in the Eredivisie. The club was founded as a merger of VV DOS, USV Elinkwijk, and Velox, and it has to be noted that VV DOS did well to win the Eredivisie trophy back in 1958.
Utrecht, on the other hand, have yet to win the national championship, but they have lifted three KNVB Cup trophies (1984/85, 2002/03, 2003/04). Leo van Veen is leading the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 153 goals. Speaking of the club’s colours, they were white and red shirts when playing at home, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
Due to the hooligan clashes, Utrecht have a rivalry with Dutch giants Ajax. The games between the two clubs have always been very tense on the field. Utrecht welcome their rivals at Stadion Galgenwaard, the venue which can hold up to 23,750 people. The stadium was opened back in May 1936.