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FC Utrecht arrive at Goffertstadion on Saturday for the Eredivisie meeting with home team NEC.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for NEC v FC Utrecht, scroll down including the latest game odds.
NEC will be hoping to bounce back here after the 4-0 Eredivisie loss in their previous game against PSV Eindhoven.
Luuk de Jong (37', 49'), Noa Lang (38') and Ricardo Pepi (87') scored for PSV Eindhoven.
It has been seldom in recent times where NEC haven’t conceded. The reality is that NEC have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, letting in 12 goals during that time.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that NEC:
- have not been beaten in the league by FC Utrecht in their last 2 games.
- have not won against FC Utrecht in their previous 7 league matches.
FC Utrecht will come into the meeting following a 1-3 Eredivisie win over Heracles Almelo in their most recent match.
For FC Utrecht, the scorers were Ole Romeny (5') and Victor Jensen (45'). Abdenego Nankishi (62') and Navajo Bakboord (94' Own goal) scored for Heracles Almelo.
The stats tell the story, and FC Utrecht have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 11 goals overall. At the back, FC Utrecht can certainly do much better. It will be interesting to find out if that trend can be continued on here.
Going into this contest, FC Utrecht haven't been beaten by NEC when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
Head to head
Inspecting their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 30/10/2016 shows us that NEC have won 0 of these & FC Utrecht 3, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 3.
A combined sum of 13 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 3 of them for NEC and 10 for Utreg. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.17.
The last league match between the two was Eredivisie match day 25 on 12/03/2023 when the final score was NEC 2-2 FC Utrecht.
The referee was Ingmar Oostrom.
Team News: NEC
Kas de Wit (Unknown Injury), Elayis Tavsan (Unknown Injury), Lasse Schöne (Ankle Injury), Bart van Rooij (Unknown Injury) and Philippe Sandler (open wound) will be missing for NEC gaffer Rogier Meijer.
We think that NEC should employ a 4-2-3-1 formation for this one with Jasper Cillessen, Brayann Pereira, Luc Netten, Bram Nuytinck, Calvin Verdonk, Magnus Mattsson, Dirk Proper, Lars Olden Larsen, Roberto Gonzalez, Youri Baas and Koki Ogawa.
Team News: FC Utrecht
FC Utrecht boss Ron Jans has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Taylor Booth (Unknown Injury) and Anthony Descotte (Unknown Injury) will not be playing here.
We reckon that Utreg seem most likely to make use of a 4-2-3-1 lineup, settling for Vasilios Barkas, Hidde ter Avest, Mike van der Hoorn, Modibo Sagnan, Souffian Elkarouani, Can Bozdogan, Ryan Flamingo, Marouan Azarkan, Jens Toornstra, Mats Seuntjens and Isac Lidberg.
We feel that FC Utrecht and NEC may well end up cancelling each other out here.
Let’s see how it plays out, but a draw is looking likely to us. We’re therefore expecting a close game with a 1-1 score draw when all is said and done.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Goffertstadion (12,500)
Captain: Lasse Schöne
Chairman: Ron van Oijen
Manager: Rogier Meijer
Competitions: Eredivisie position 13
🔑 Key Man: Koki Ogawa
Mostly playing in the Striker position, Koki Ogawa was born in Kanagawa, Japan. After having made a senior debut playing for Júbilo Iwata in the 2017 season, the goalscoring Forward has netted 2 league goals in the Eredivisie 2023 - 2024 campaign to date from a total of 5 appearances.