Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Willem II will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to PSV when they welcome Venlo at their Konig Willem II Stadion. The Tricolores are on a six-game winless run in the Eredivisie, but it seem as if they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course. Willem II are likely to go all guns blazing at Venlo on Matchday 9, but they will have to do it without suspended defender Derrick Arthur Kohn.
VVV-Venlo, on the other hand, seem to have recovered from an embarrassing 13-0 loss to Ajax, with the team beating Heracles 3-2 at home ground before the international break. However, home win should be considered as Venlo are not regarded as good travellers. Despite failing to convert a penalty in the 3-2 win over Heracles, Greece international Georgios Giakoumakis will be the man to watch in the away team.
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 (Venlo):
Based on the Dutch-German border, VVV-Venlo is a Dutch football club that plays in the Eredivisie. The club was founded on February 7, 1903 under the name of Venlose Voetbal Vereniging, and it’s considered one of the oldest clubs in Dutch football.
VVV Venlo are well known for their yellow shirts and black shorts, and, as a result, they are often called the Yellow Black Army. Venlo play home games at De Koel, the stadium which is able to hold up to 8,000 spectators.
Japan international Keisuke Honda is one of the most notable international footballers who played for the club. However, Honda is not the only Japanese player to wear the yellow jersey as the likes of Maya Yoshida, Robert Cullen, and Yuki Otsu played for the club as well. Roda JC are seen as one of the club’s main rivals, with the two clubs facing each other in the Limburgse derby.