Venlo vs Utrecht by Meese
Venlo is coming from yet another game that they didn't win, this time away To Heerenveen they managed to take a precious point in a 2:2 draw game and come back with surely a positive outcome since the team looked like strong outsider before the match has started.
Must be said that they were bit lucky to pull out the point, since the team took the lead in tenth minute via Thy a bit against the flow of the match and their hosts probably deserved to lead at the halftime, but were only able to level up the result in 19th minute with a goal from Dumfries.
They continued being better in the second, took the lead via Veerman in 49th minute, however paid the price of being too passive towards the end, trying to steal some minutes and got punished for it with a goal from Seuntjens in 85th minute. The side now stands at thirteenth position with sixteen points, three more than play-out placed Breda.
Hosts should be set in 4-3-3 formation with Hunte and Crooij as wingers, plus Thy as central striker. Central midfielder Danny Post (8/0) is only injury concern, as their startling lineup should remain unchanged.
Utrecht, on the other side, broke their winning streak of three consecutive matches (away from home against Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam and in front of own fans against Excelsior), as the side took just a point in away game against Zwolle in a 1:1 draw in previous round.
However, it needs to be said that they deserved something more out of the match, as Utrecht took the lead in 33rd minute via van den Streek and continued being better via counter attacks, leaving ball possession to their hosts but being way more threatening side.
Still, hosts leveled up the result in 83rd minute via Saymak, leaving little time for their opponents to respond. The team is now at sixth position at the table, having four points more than seventh placed Den Haag and surely wanting to continue their positive momentum.
Visitors are set to play in 4-3-1-2 formation with Dessers and Kerk as strikers, plus offensive midfielder Labyad. Forwards Simon Mekienok and Patrick Joosten (both without playing so far) and defensive midfielder Anouar Kali (1/0) remain long term absentees. Other attacker, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (6/3) is injured as well.
- VVV-Venlo have seen over 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches against FC Utrecht.
- VVV-Venlo have failed to win their last 8 matches (Eredivisie).
Two sides that are in quite different form will meet here. Venlo is a decent side, but shouldn't be compared to Utrecht, plus it seems that the players of Venlo are not responding that well to the pressure created when playing in front of own fans.
Visitors seem to be in a very good momentum now and if they repeat anything close from their previous matches, they should be closer to get the victory than the odds suggest.