NEC Nijmegen vs FC Utrecht Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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NEC Nijmegen vs FC Utrecht Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

NEC Nijmegen and FC Utrecht will square off at the Goffertstadion on Saturday night, with both teams looking to get back to winning ways in the Eredivisie. NEC Nijmegen were narrowly beaten 1-0 on the road at ADO Den Haag last weekend despite the fact that they had a better ball possession and 25 goalscoring opportunities. Meanwhile, FC Utrecht threw away a one-goal lead to succumb to a 2-1 defeat on the road at Heracles. Yassine Ayoub gave Erik ten Hag’s men the lead at halftime, but this wasn’t enough for them to secure a positive result as they conceded the second goal in the stoppage time. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT.

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Betting Predictions and Tips

NEC’s home record over FC Utrecht over the past few years have been impressive, as they won four and draw three of their last seven meetings with their Saturday’s opponents. On the contrary, Utrecht have only lost three of their 15 away games across all competitions this season. It’s difficult to predict the winner in this one, but I’m expecting NEC to maximize their home advantage and to snatch at least one point here.

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NEC Nijmegen Preview

NEC Nijmegen did well to end their five-game losing streak in the Eredivisie with a 3-1 home win over Heracles a fortnight ago, but they returned to losing ways again last weekend as they were beaten 1-0 on the road at ADO Den Haag. Despite this terrible run of form, NEC still sit in a comfortable 12th position in the Eredivisie table tied on 28 points with the 11th-placed FC Groningen. NEC looked poor at both ends of the field throughout this Eredivisie campaign, but their biggest problems have been in attack. They hold the 4th worst defensive record in the division, having conceded 26 goals in 26 league outings. Jay-Roy Grot is leading the club’s goalscoring charts with five goals under his belt, while Dario Dumic and Kevin Mayi have bagged eight goals and five assists between them. Their recent home form has been a complete mixed bag with two defeats, four wins and two draws in their last eight home league fixtures. However, they did well to end their two-game losing streak at home with a 3-1 win over Heracles in their most recent home league game. The good news is that NEC are undefeated in their last seven home meetings with Utrecht across all competitions, winning four and drawing three in this term.

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FC Utrecht Preview

On the flip side, Utrecht’s three-game unbeaten streak in the Eredivisie ended last weekend as they lost 2-1 on the road at Heracles. Despite the defeat, Utrecht still sit comfortably in 4th spot in the Eredivisie table with 41 points under their belts after 26 rounds, already 17 points off the 3rd-placed PSV Eindhoven. Utrecht’s form over the past four months has been decent, as they have only lost four of their last 15 games across all competitions. Utrecht’s secret for their good performances throughout this Eredivisie campaign has been their solid defence, as they hold one of the best defensive records in the division, conceding just 33 goals in 26 league outings. Furthermore, Utrecht can count on their away form as they have only lost three of their 15 away games across all competitions so far this season. Head-to-head, Utrecht are unbeaten in their last two meetings with NEC Nijmegen, including a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture. Richairo Zivkovic is Utrecht’s topscorer with just five goals under his belt, while Nacer Barazite has helped the team with four goals and two assists in his 21 league appearances. Yassine Ayoub has also provided three goals and four assists for the team so far this season.

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NEC Nijmegen Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for NEC ahead of this game.

FC Utrecht Team News

Patrick Joosten and Rico Strieder are both missing through injury, while Edson Braafheid and Robbin Ruiter are both back in training.

NEC Nijmegen scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

NEC Nijmegen saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

FC Utrecht saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against NEC Nijmegen

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

NEC Nijmegen Form Guide

NEC Nijmegen Team Logo

NEC Nijmegen

Won

6

Draw

3

Lost

1
D A

28-04-2018

Eerste Divisie

FC Dordrecht Team Logo FC Dordrecht

FT 3 - 3

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

10-05-2018

Eredivisie Qualification

FC Emmen Team Logo FC Emmen

FT 4 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

13-05-2018

Eredivisie Qualification

FC Emmen Team Logo FC Emmen

FT 4 - 1

(HT 4 - 1)

W H

24-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Kayserispor Team Logo Kayserispor

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

17-08-2018

Eerste Divisie

Cambuur Team Logo Cambuur

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

27-08-2018

Eerste Divisie

Jong FC Utrecht Team Logo Jong FC Utrecht

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

31-08-2018

Eerste Divisie

FC Dordrecht Team Logo FC Dordrecht

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

08-09-2018

Eerste Divisie

Roda JC Kerkrade Team Logo Roda JC Kerkrade

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

14-09-2018

Eerste Divisie

Jong PSV Team Logo Jong PSV

FT 4 - 4

(HT 2 - 2)

W A

21-09-2018

Eerste Divisie

Helmond Sport Team Logo Helmond Sport

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

FC Utrecht Form Guide

FC Utrecht Team Logo

FC Utrecht

Won

2

Draw

4

Lost

4
W H

16-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Arsenal Tula Team Logo Arsenal Tula

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

25-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Kasimpasa Team Logo Kasimpasa

FT 1 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Portsmouth Team Logo Portsmouth

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

02-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

11-08-2018

Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven Team Logo PSV Eindhoven

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

19-08-2018

Eredivisie

PEC Zwolle Team Logo PEC Zwolle

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

D H

26-08-2018

Eredivisie

VVV-Venlo Team Logo VVV-Venlo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

01-09-2018

Eredivisie

Fortuna Sittard Team Logo Fortuna Sittard

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

16-09-2018

Eredivisie

FC Emmen Team Logo FC Emmen

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

23-09-2018

Eredivisie

Feyenoord Team Logo Feyenoord

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

NEC Nijmegen Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

FC Utrecht Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

NEC Nijmegen vs FC Utrecht Sidelined Players

NEC Nijmegen
6 Mikael Dyrestam Injured
FC Utrecht
28 Edson Braafheid Injured
7 Rico Strieder Injured
1 Robbin Ruiter Injured
24 Patrick Joosten Injured
15 Robin van der Meer Injured

Head to Head
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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Joris Delle 190 84
15 CD Robin Buwalda 188 82
3 CD Dario Dumic 188 85
2 LB Michael Heinloth 176 66
28 RB Lorenzo Burnet 182 80
4 CD Wojciech Golla 182 80
19 CM Julian von Haacke 181 70
21 CM Ali Messaoud 183 76
34 CM Gregor Breinburg 171 70
17 CF Jay-Roy Grot 193 93
20 CF Mohamed Rayhi 178 76
No. Pos Player M kg
16 GK David Jensen 195 92
3 CD Ramon Leeuwin 187 72
20 LB Giovanni Troupee 180 71
8 CD Willem Janssen 186 75
5 RB Kevin Conboy 185 77
23 CDM Wout Brama 176 65
25 CM Sofyan Amrabat 183 77
6 CM Yassin Ayoub 169 67
19 AM Zakaria Labyad 170 65
27 CF Gyrano Kerk 183 82
22 CF Sebastien Haller 187 75