FC Utrecht vs Roda JC Kerkrade Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview
Kick Off: 11:30 Hrs
Venue: Stadion Galgenwaard
Sun 23rd Apr 2017
FC Utrecht vs Roda JC Kerkrade Match Prediction
Roda JC Kerkrade will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak in the Eredivisie to four games when they travel to the Stadion Galgenwaard to take on FC Utrecht on Sunday at lunchtime. FC Utrecht were beaten 2-0 on the road at Feyenoord last weekend, with Erik ten Hag’s men conceding both goals in the second half. On the other hand, Roda JC Kerkrade won 3-1 at home over Sparta Rotterdam thanks to a brace from Abdul Ajagun and a late strike from Mikhael Rosheuvel. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.
Betting Predictions and Tips
Utrecht are favourites to win here due to their solid home form throughout this 2016/17 competitive season, but Roda are in dire need of three points in order to avoid relegation. Roda come into this clash high on confidence following their recent run in the Eredivisie, and I’m backing them to snatch at least one point from this trip.
FC Utrecht Preview
FC Utrecht’s four-game unbeaten streak in the Eredivisie ended last time out as they lost 2-0 on the road at the current leaders Feyenoord. They gave the Rotterdammers a tough game, but unfortunately, they were unable to salvage anything from that game. Despite the defeat, Utrecht still find themselves in 4th spot in the Eredivisie table with 53 points under their belts, and are already qualified for the Eredivisie Europa League play-offs. Utrecht’s performance throughout the season was largely based on their solid defence, as they hold one of the best defensive records in the division with just 36 goals conceded in 31 league fixtures. Their home form has also proved to be crucial this season, as they have only lost two of their last 18 home fixtures across all competitions. Utrecht are currently on a five-game unbeaten streak in the Eredivisie at home, scoring at least two goals in three of these. Furthermore, Utrecht are undefeated in their last 17 home meetings with Roda JC Kerkrade in the Eredivisie, winning eleven in the process. Sébastien Haller is Utrecht’s top scorer with 13 goals and five assists under his belt, while Richairo Zivkovic and Nacer Barazite have bagged 12 goals and four assists between them.
Roda JC Kerkrade Preview
On the contrary, Roda JC Kerkrade have enjoyed an incredible run of form recently as they have won two and draw one of their last three league outings. Due to their recent results, Roda are now outside the relegation zone in 15th spot, just two points clear of the bottom three. Roda looked very good in front of goal recently, having scored at least two goals in two of their last three league fixtures, which is a big improvement as they only managed 25 goals throughout this Eredivisie campaign. Abdul Ajagun and Mitchell Paulissen have been Roda’s most dangerous players in front of goal so far this season, as the pair bagged eight goals and five assists between them. Away from home, Roda have only won once in their last 15 competitive away fixtures and are currently on an eleven-game winless streak. The most worrying fact is that Roda have failed to score in nine of their last 15 away games across all competitions. However, they did well to hold AZ Alkmaar to a 1-1 draw in their most recent league trip. Head-to-head, Roda JC Kerkrade are undefeated in their last five meetings with FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie, keeping a clean sheet in three of these.
FC Utrecht Team News
Patrick Joosten, Rico Strieder and Robin van der Meer are all missing through injury ahead of this game.
Roda JC Kerkrade Team News
Simon Church is back in training following his hip injury, but Marcos Gullon is still out through a groin injury.
Marc van de Maarel
Benjamin van Leer
Ard van Peppen
Tom van Hyfte
Mohamed El Makrini
Gyliano van Velzen
|2||CD||Marc van de Maarel||186||78|
|1||GK||Benjamin van Leer||187||75|
|5||RB||Ard van Peppen||182||77|
|7||CDM||Tom van Hyfte||186||68|
|30||CDM||Mohamed El Makrini||177||77|
|15||CM||Gyliano van Velzen||185||85|