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Volendam vs Utrecht: Tips, Odds, and Predictions
Even though they still have a legitimate chance to remain in Eredivisie, things are getting harder for Volendam to stay close to the teams who are fighting for survival in the Dutch top division.
Utrecht to Win
Volendam has one win this season, and their opponent is coming to town after three straight victories. Utrecht has been improving with impressive wins against Sparta, Heerenveen, and Groningen, and what is especially notable is their goal-scoring form.
Over 2.5 Goals
Utrecht has surpassed the mark of 2.5 goals in their last five matches, while Volendam has been similar in so-called effectiveness, even though they were losing most of those matches. For this purpose, the goal-scoring form for Utrecht, and the fact that Volendam has the worst defense in Eredivisie speaks volumes about the chances that a 2.5 goal mark will be surpassed.
Preview and information about Volendam vs Utrecht
Utrecht aims to extend its winning streak
There are little or no positives that can be found in Volendam's form this season, the trajectory of the lack of their success is evident. They are failing to score goals, or rather make sure they are competing against the Eredivisie competition which is on a much higher level than they used to play against in the Second Division. Their goal difference is at 13-35, the worst in the league, they are the only team that allowed more than 30 goals this season, and that speaks volumes about their defensive woes. They also have some injury concerns that will make their match against Utrecht an even harder affair.
Volendam's predicted lineup: Stankovic, James, Mirani, Mbuyamba, Plat, Eiting, Benamar, Oristanio, El Kadiri, Muhren, van Mieghem.
Utrecht has been in a great run of form in the last few matches, they have managed to break through into the positions that guarantee some possibility of European football next season. After losing to AZ Alkmaar and PSV in consecutive rounds at the start of October, they came back stronger by winning their Dutch Cup clash, and then getting three straight wins in the league which puts them inside the top six of Eredivisie. Anastasios Douvikas is in great form scoring six goals, followed by Bas Dost with five. Both of them are going to be a nightmare for Volendam's defenders. Utrecht's manager Henk Fraser will make sure that an offensive formation is in place to put pressure on their opponents' back line as early as possible before they get comfortable. Volendam's inability to defend in the high-pressure situation will benefit Utrecht's team.
Utrecht's predicted lineup: Barkas, van der Maarel, Sagnan, van der Hoorn, Klaiber, Toornstra, Booth, Brouwers, van de Streek, Douvikas, Redan.
Volendam: Francesco Antonucci and Calvin Twigt are doubtful.
Utrecht: Mimoun Mahi, Django Warmerdam, Arthur Zagre, and Nick Viergever are missing with injuries.
Volendam vs Utrecht FAQ
- When will the game kick-off? – 15:30 BST, 16:30 CET
- What was the score the last time these teams met? – Volendam 0-0 Utrecht
- Who is the favorite according to bookmakers? – Utrecht is the favorite