Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
After holding Twente to a 1-1 draw at the weekend, Willem II will look to start a new winning run in the Eredivisie when they take on Fortuna Sittard on Matchday 10. Les Tricolores are eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home ground, and they are seen as favourites to win Friday’s clash. Defender Derrick Kohn serves a one-game ban, while both Freek Heerkens and Wesley Spieringhs are out of contention through injuries.
Fortuna Sittard, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cambuur. The Fortunezen escaped the relegation zone, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to avoid relegation to the Dutch second tier. Since Willem II are a real force to be reckoned with at home, the visitors are likely to return to Sittard empty-handed. Lisandro Semedo is a major doubt, and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
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 (Sittard):
Fortuna Sittard is one of the newer additions to Dutch football as the club was founded on July 1, 1968. During the 1990s talented footballers such as Kevin Hofland, Mark van Bommel, and Fernando Ricksen played for the club, but they failed to close the gap between Dutch giants Ajax and PSV. In 1999, though, the Fortunezen did well to make it to the Dutch Cup final, with the team facing Ajax in the title game.
Amsterdammers defeated Fortuna Sittard 2-0 at De Kuip, with Jesper Gronkjaer scoring a brace. Fortuna Sittard players wear yellow shirts and green shorts when playing at home, while their away kit is white. The Fortunezen host their rivals at Fortuna Sittard Stadion. The venue was built in 1999, and it can hold up to 12,500 spectators.
Aforementioned midfielder Mark Van Bommel is the most notable footballer who played for the club. After ending his spell with Fortuna Sittard in 1999, Mark van Bommel played for the likes of PSV, Barcelona, Bayern Munchen, and Milan.