Utrecht vs Roda by Sunshine
Utrecht is coming from a home victory over Den Bosch 4:1 in a Cup game this Wednesday, as the team took that competition very seriously and have qualified for the next stage in more than a fair way. Previous to that, they lost in away game to Feyenoord last weekend with a 0:1 result, although they didn't put such a poor performance, giving a decent first halftime when they conceded a goal, while they had no power to achieve the equalizer later in the second half.
Coach Wouters was satisfied with their performance, but also has said that the draw would have been much more fair result for his team. Adding that they have lost the concentration in the second half and didn't exploit some of the good actions they had. The team actually didn't have a good start in the season, exiting from Europa League early, while their current record is only 2-2-3, however two victories came in last four rounds and it's obvious that the team is improving as the team passes. They are doing way better in offensive part of the game and the target is to get another victory in front of the home crowd, while the team tries to climb up at the table and get though to the European positions again.
Long term absentees remain midfielder Sarota and forward Duplan, while more fresh absentee is striker Mulenga (4/0). Coach Wouters is expected to continue with his proven 4-1-3-2 formation.
Roda, on the other side, is coming from a heavily earned 1:2 victory on the road against Rijnsburgse in the Cup competition as the team anyway have earned the ticket for the last 32 round, where they will have to face up against one of the contenders from PSV Eindhoven. Goals came in the right time for them, as they scored in 27th and 34th minute, overthrowing the lead from hosts who netter in 20th minute.
However, elimination of Dijkhuizen in 37th minute brought a lot of troubles to visitors who were happy to have escaped the equalizer later on. In previous league match, they drew at home 3:3 against Heerenveen in a match of a great pace. Coach was satisfied after the Cup game, saying that he is pleased with the reaction of his players, but they have to stop conceding goals so easily as the team has conceded twelve goals in last three matches in Eredivisie. Experienced striker Demouge is available after missing Heerenveen's match, while right back Dijkhuizen (6/1) remains suspended for next two matches. Defender Monteyne and midfielder De Beule are on a long term absentees list, while central defender Ramos is still unprepared.
Great tradition against Roda at home and in-form team are obvious reasons why Utrecht should be rated as a favorite in this one. They started playing very well at home and should win easy or hard against a team that struggles a lot in defense.