Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Following a 3-1 win over Willem II, Zwolle will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Heracles on Matchday 19. The Blauwingers did well to put an end to their three-game winless run in the Eredivisie, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. Zwolle, though, are not regarded as good hosts, and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their only third home win of the season.
Heracles, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Heerenveen. The Black and Whites are eager to move a little closer to the Europa League berth, but beating Zwolle on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards, and we believe that punters can find value in betting on draw. Serbia international Tedic remains sidelined with injury for the hosts, while defender Bakboord is out of contention for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Thomas Lam):
Thomas Lam is a footballer who can play as both centre back and defensive midfielder. Lam was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 18 December, 1993, but seeing that his mother is Finnish, he was eligible to play for the Finland national team.
After making 11 appearances for the Finland U21 team, he made his debut for the senior team on 9 June, 2015, in a friendly against Estonia. He started the game, but the Finns suffered a 2-0 loss to the Estonians in Turku. Speaking of his club career, Thomas Lam played for AZ Alkmaar between 2011 and 2014 and then he joined fellow Eredivisie side Zwolle.
The 188-cm-tall footballer scored four goals in 64 appearances for the club and in July 2016 he signed a contract with Nottingham Forest. Lam won the KVNB Cup with AZ Alkmaar in 2013 and he was named Promising Player of the Year in 2011. His agent is world-famous Mino Raiola and his contract with Forest expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Heracles):
Heracles is a professional Dutch club based in Almelo. The club was formed back in May 1903 and named after Heracles, the demigod son of Zeus. From 1974 to 1998 the club played under the name of SC Heracles ’74. The Heraclieden’s home colours are black and white, while blue is the dominant colour of their away shirt.
Twente are considered one of the club’s main rivals in the Netherlands. Speaking of the club’s achievements, it has to be noted that Heracles have won two Eredivisie trophies (1926/27, 1940/41). In the 2011/12 season they made it to the Dutch Cup final. Heracles faced PSV in the title game, with the Dutch giants proving to be a big catch for the underdogs.
PSV won the game 3-0. In the 2016/17 season Heracles participated in the Europa League, with the team suffering elimination to Arouca in the third qualifying round. Everton is leading the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 77 goals.