Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Willem II will be looking to record their first win of the year when they host Emmen at their Konig Willem II Stadion. The Tricolores have not recorded a win in the Eredivisie since November 21, 2020, and, no doubt, they are eager to put an end to their ten-game winless run. Even though both Ruiter and Saddiki remain in the recovery room, home win should be considered as Willem II will not have a better chance than this to get back on course in the Eredivisie.
Emmen are having a season to forget, with the team collecting six points in total in the Dutch top flight to date. The rock-bottom side failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to PSV, and we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing something from the relegation six-pointer. Talented attacker Luciano Carty remains on the sidelines with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Robbin Ruiter):
Robbin Ruiter is a Dutch professional goalkeeper who plays for Eredivisie club Willem II. Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands on March 25, 1987, the 196-cm-tall shot-stopper is a product of RKAV Volendam youth team.
Speaking of his senior career, Ruiter began playing for FC Volendam. After making 70 league appearances for the Het Andere Oranje, the goalkeeper joined Utrecht in 2012 where he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. After short spells with Sunderland and PSV, Robbin Ruiter signed a two-year contract with Willem II in the summer of 2020. It has to be noted that he did well to make it to the EFL Trophy final with Sunderland in the 2018/19 season.
The Black Cats suffered a loss to Portsmouth in the decider, with the Pompey winning the trophy after penalty shoot-out. Robin Ruitter has yet to make his debut with the Netherlands national football team.
Highlighted Team (Emmen):
Based in Emmen, Drenthe, FC Emmen is a Dutch football club that play home matches at De Oude Meerdijk. The amateur club was founded on August 21, 1925, with the team turning professional in 1985.
Emmen’s home kit is white and red, while black is the dominant colour of their away shirt. FC Emmen secured promotion to the Eredivisie in the 2018/19 season and they have been competing in the Dutch elite division ever since. On their debut it the Eredivisie Emmen defeated ADO Den Haag at Cars Jeans Stadion.
Glenn Bijl scored the first goal for the club in the Dutch top flight. Emmen finished the season in the 14th position in the standings, with the team securing survival in the Eredivisie. Cas Peters is the club’s all-time top scorer with 56 goals on his account. FC Emmen have never represented the Netherlands in European competitions.