Foot Predictions shows the Eredivisie clash on Friday between Willem II and FC Utrecht, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Willem II and FC Utrecht The dispute starts in the 23rd round of the Eredivisie season when they face each other in Tilburg on Friday, with the two teams trying to move up the standings.
The hosts are in 16th place, while the visitors are eight places and 18 points away, in eighth place.
After a 2-0 win over Emmen to start his reign as coach at Willem, Zeljko Petrovic suffered a 5-0 defeat at Feyenoord on Sunday.
The Tricolores repelled everything that the hosts played against them for most of the first half, but their determination was broken shortly before the break, leading to an eventual capitulation in the second half.
At the very least, Petrovic received a reminder of the enormous task ahead of him in his quest to prevent his new employers from falling to the second division of Dutch football.
Sunday’s hosts are now six points behind RKC Waalwijk in the race for survival, following the recent change in the latter’s fortunes.
Willem now has everything to do if they want to maintain their first division status, which is quite surprising, given the fact that they finished fifth in the most recent campaign that ended prematurely due to the coronavirus.
Utrecht in great form had four wins in the last five league games, thanks to the 3-1 victory over VVV-Venlo at Stadion Galgenwaard on Sunday.
As a result of that race, Rene HakeFootball players moved up from 10th place to two points from Twente, seventh place, despite having played less than one game.
The trips to Willem in recent seasons have produced mixed results for Utrecht, with a win, a defeat and a draw in the previous three meetings.
However, Utrecht will enter this with a lot of faith and with reason, as it has been very impressive in recent weeks.
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Mimoun Mahi left the bench to score two goals last time and could have been rewarded for his heroism with a start in which case he had not been ruled out due to an injury.
Visitors will also be left without Eljero Elia and Emil Bergstrom to the game due to hamstring injuries, but they are not far from a return to action.
A muscle injury kept Willem’s Pol Llonch due to his team losing to Feyenoord, and he should be unavailable over the weekend.
Lindon Selahi since the turn of the year, he has had five of his ten league games, and Llonch’s injury confirms that the 21-year-old midfielder is about to play again.
Beside Miquel Nelom, whose season ended prematurely with a knee injury, Saddiki Dries neither will it appear while he intensifies his recovery from a muscle injury he suffered more than a month ago.
Possible initial lineup for Willem II:
Brondeel; Kohn, Peters, Heerkens, Owusu; Kohlert, Selahi, Spieringhs, Nunnely; Pavlidis, Okyere Wriedt
Possible starting lineup for FC Utrecht:
Oelschlagel; Warmerdam, Janssen, St Jago, Ter Avest; Maher, Boussaid, Van Overeem; Ramselaar, Van De Streek, Kerk
Probability: Willem II 1-3 FC Utrecht
Utrecht will come into play as the most confident team, which is not surprising given their recent form, and we hope they will maintain that good phase against a Willem team that has been weak this season.
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