Utrecht actually surprised me a bit last time out, as the side managed to take a point in a 1:1 draw last Friday evening in front of own fans against AZ Alkmaar.
The game itself wasn’t as open as I expected, with the guests being better in the first halftime, but failed to take the lead which still happened in 55th minute via Svensson, while the hosts replied in 74th via Dessers, in overall much more open second halftime with the visitors surely being a bit closer to get the three pointer.
Even though it’s a decent result, the side remains without a victory in last three Eredivisie matches, but still being at high sixth position with two points more than out of play-off placed sides and surely need to get something out of this match.
Utrecht should be playing in a version of 4-3-1-2 formation with Kerk and Labyad as forwards. Offensive players Simon Makienok and Patrick Joosten are long term absentees without playins so far in Eredivisie, similar to injured defensive midfielder Anouar Kali (1/0) and forward Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (6/3).
Feyenoord, on the other side, suffered 2:0 defeat away to Ajax last Sunday afternoon which was their first defeat after seven matches (6-1-0 record) in all competitions.
Players of Ajax completely deserved the victory, having much more of the ball possession and overall being way more threatening, but only managing to take the lead once they upped the tempo in 50th via van de Beek and in 53rd minute with a goal from Huntelaar, while the guests were left playing with a man less in next minutes being unable to create any threatening situations.
Feyenoord are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Vente as central striker, plus Berghuis, Toornstra and Larsson as offensive midfielders. They have no fresh injury concerns, with forward Nicolai Jorgensen (14/7) being suspended for this one.
~ Feyenoord have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches against FC Utrecht.
In my eyes, goals are written all over this one. Of course, visiting side remains favorite here, however I expect Utrecht to be quite offensive as well – knowing that they can’t walk away with something with a very defensive approach. Guests should attack from the start trying to bounce back from their defeat away to Ajax, while Utrecht has very little to lose and should approach the game a bit more relaxed than usually.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals