Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Zwolle will be aiming to put an end to their five-game winless run in the Eredivisie when they host Utrecht at their MACPARK Stadion. The Blauwingers have been struggling at the back of late, with the team conceding seven goals in total in the previous two league fixtures, but they are certainly capable of matching Utrecht at home ground. Zwolle boss John Stegerman has no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday’s match, and he is likely to field the best possible side against Utrecht.
Thijs van Es’ men, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from back-to-back defeats to Heracles (1-4) and Ajax (0-3). Utrecht obviously suffered a dip in form; therefore, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts, who are desperate to return to winning ways. In their last meeting in the Dutch top flight the two teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw.
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 (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.