Utrecht vs Heracles prediction, odds & betting tips 23/02/2024

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Netherlands Eredivisie - Stadion Galgenwaard

Utrecht in Eredivisie action
Utrecht came out 3-1 winners away from home in the reverse fixture- Photo by Icon sport

These two sides come intot his fixture in very different veins of form. FC Utrecht are on a 14-game unbeaten run in the Eredivisie including three straight wins, while Heracles have won just twice in their past nine league outings.

Utrecht vs Heracles prediction: Must-win game for the away side to fight off relegation fears

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2-0 to Utrecht

As well as being on an incredible run of form having not lost in the league since the beginning of October, Utrecht have an edge over Heracles having thumped them 3-1 in their backyard earlier this season. Whereas Heracles have not beaten a side who's outside the bottom three since the end of November, highlighting just how big their struggles have been this season.

Key stats: Goals are expected to flow in this clash

  • Utrecht have scored four goals in back-to-back home games
  • There were four goals scored in the reverse fixture
  • Heracles have shipped 11 goals in their last four Eredivisie matches

Pre-game odds and win probability: Utrecht expected to stroll to victory

Home: 2/5 (1.4) – 71.4%

Draw: 18/5 (4.6) – 21.7%

Away: 13/2 (7.5) – 13.3%

*odds from Ladbrokes, subject to change

After losing seven of their first eight games in the Eredivisie this season, Utrecht are not certainly one of the form sides in the Netherlands, which makes Heracles' trip on Friday night even more difficult. This is without mentioning the fact Heracles have only won two away games in the league all season scoring just 13 times, so it's no surprise they aren't closer to the drop zone.

It's obvious that the bookies have Utrecht as the favourites given their amazing home form, and with odds of 2/5, it appears rather pointless to just back the outright winner. So you may wish to check out some of the other free betting tips we offer.

Last five H2Hs: Home advantage prevails in this fixture

Netherlands Eredivisie 16/09/23

Heracles

Heracles

1
FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

3

Netherlands Eredivisie 11/02/22

Heracles

Heracles

1
FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 28/11/21

FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

1
Heracles

Heracles

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 16/01/21

FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

2
Heracles

Heracles

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 01/11/20

Heracles

Heracles

4
FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

1

In only two of the last eight meetings between Utrecht and Heracles has the away side managed to pick up all three points, or even just avoid defeat. before the reverse fixture which Utrecht won 3-1, no away side had scored in this fixture since November 2020.

Utrecht preview: Imperious home form set to continue

Utrecht have not lost at home in any competition since the end of September which has seen them pick up points against PSV Eindhoven, Ajax, FC Twente and AZ Alkmaar.

Predicted lineup: Branderhorst (GK) – El Karouani, Viergever, Van der Hoorn, Ter Avest – Fraulo, Flamingo – Boussaid, Toornstra, Okkels – Lammers

Netherlands Eredivisie 26/05/24

D

Go Ahead Eagles

Go Ahead Eagles

1

FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 23/05/24

W

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

1

FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

3

Netherlands Eredivisie 19/05/24

D

AZ

AZ

3

FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

3

Netherlands Eredivisie 12/05/24

L

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

1

FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 05/05/24

W

Vitesse

Vitesse

0

FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

1

Heracles preview: Looking for first away win since the beginning of January

Despite winning two of their opening three games this season, Heracles find themselves just five points above the relegation zone having lost three of their last four Eredivisie clashes.

Predicted lineup: Brouwer (GK) – Oppegard, Hoogma, Sonnenberg, Wieckhoff – De Keersmaecker, Hrustic – Hansson, Bruijn, Engels – Hornkamp

Netherlands Eredivisie 19/05/24

D

Fortuna Sittard

Fortuna Sittard

0

Heracles

Heracles

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 12/05/24

L

Excelsior

Excelsior

4

Heracles

Heracles

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 05/05/24

L

RKC

RKC

5

Heracles

Heracles

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 28/04/24

L

PEC Zwolle

PEC Zwolle

3

Heracles

Heracles

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 14/04/24

L

Heerenveen

Heerenveen

2

Heracles

Heracles

0

Jens Toornstra has registered four goal involvements in his past four league outings
Jens Toornstra has registered four goal involvements in his past four league outings – Icon Sport)

Player to watch – Jens Toornstra

Jens Toornstra is one of the more experienced players in this exciting Utrecht side at 34 years of age. In recent weeks, however, he's turned back the years and showed up when it matters with two goals and two assists in his last four appearances.

Toornstra to outscore Heracles?

On three occasions that Toornstra has found the back of the net in the league this season he has either outscored the opponent or matched them for goals. So, with Heracles in such a torrid run of form away from home, punting on the Dutch winger could be a wise decision.


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