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FC Utrecht will arrive at Covebo Stadion – De Koel on Friday for the Eredivisie game with hosts VVV-Venlo.
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VVV-Venlo will be looking for another win after the 3-5 Eredivisie victory versus FC Emmen.
For VVV-Venlo, the goalscorers were Giorgos Giakoumakis (50', 65', 72'), Tobias Pachonik (90') and Jafar Arias (90'). Robbert de Vos (4'), Marko Kolar (49') and Nikolai Laursen (76') scored for FC Emmen.
Hans de Koning's VVV-Venlo have scored a sum total of 8 times in their past 6 outings. At the other end, the number of goals that have been scored against them in those same fixtures amounts to 7.
Pre-game facts show that VVV-Venlo:
- haven't lost in the league to FC Utrecht in their previous 2 matches.
- are unbeaten in their previous 4 home league matches.
FC Utrecht come into this match following a 5-1 Eredivisie win as they beat Sparta Rotterdam in their most recent fixture.
For FC Utrecht, the goalscorers were Bart Ramselaar (41', 59'), Adrián Dalmau (50'), Simon Gustafson (51') and Sean Klaiber (72'). Joël Piroe (89') was the scorer for Sparta Rotterdam.
Proving their predisposition for fruitful encounters, goals have been scored 21 times in the previous six games in which FC Utrecht have sent out their troops, making it a mean average of 3.5 goals per fixture. Their opponents have got 6 of this grand total. That sort of pattern might not be sustained here, of course.
Coming into this clash, FC Utrecht are without a win away from home in their last 4 matches in the league.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head to head clashes dating back to 13/12/2017 shows us that VVV-Venlo have won 1 of these games and FC Utrecht 3, with the number of drawn results being 2.
A sum of 17 goals were scored between them in these games, with 6 of them for Venlose trots and 11 netted by Utreg. That is an average goals per game value of 2.83.
The previous league fixture between these sides was Eredivisie match day 21 on 02/02/2020 which ended up with the score at VVV-Venlo 1-1 FC Utrecht.
The referee was Dennis Higler.
Team News: VVV-Venlo
VVV-Venlo boss Hans de Koning has zero fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this game owing to a fully injury-free squad available to choose from.
It’s our opinion that Venlose trots should use the 4-3-3 system in the match featuring Thorsten Kirschbaum, Lukas Schmitz, Christian Kum, Roy Gelmi, Tobias Pachonik, Vito van Crooij, Danny Post, Evert Linthorst, Joshua John, Georgios Giakoumakis and Guus Hupperts.
Team News: FC Utrecht
From a largely full-strength group of players, there is just the sole fitness worry for the FC Utrecht manager John van den Brom to be concerned with. Willem Janssen (Knee Injury) misses out for this game.
From our viewpoint, Utreg seem most likely to play in a 4-4-2 formation, starting the game with Maarten Paes, Sean Klaiber, Marc van de Maarel, Justin Hoogma, Leon Guwara, Joris van Overeem, Simon Gustafson, Adam Maher, Tommy St. Jago, Eljero Elia and Gyrano Kerk.
In our opinion, VVV-Venlo have the ability to put a goal past this FC Utrecht side, although one goal likely won’t be enough to prevent defeat.
We can see a very close game with a 1-2 advantage for FC Utrecht when all is said and done. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Covebo Stadion – De Koel (8,000)
Captain: Danny Post
Chairman: Hai Berden
Manager: Hans de Koning
Competitions: Eredivisie position 15
⭐ Key Player: Giorgos Giakoumakis
Generally used in the Striker position, Giorgos Giakoumakis was born in Heraklion, Greece. Having made his senior debut playing for Platanias in the 2012 - 2013 season, the accomplished Forward has bagged 3 league goals in this Eredivisie 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 1 appearances.