ADO Den Haag vs FC Utrecht
Dutch Eredivisie, Season 2017/18
Date: Friday, 11th August 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Kyocera Stadion (Den Haag).
The 2017/18 Dutch Eredivisie season kick start with ADO Den Haag hosting FC Utrecht on Friday night.
Den Haag had a miserable 2016/17 campaign, only saved by a brilliant run at the death of the season. They were looking down at relegation by the month of February, which led to their then head-coach Zeljko Petrovic leave by mutual consent. Soon, Alfons Groenendijk took charge at the club and results improved drastically. Den Haag bagged 6 wins from the last 9 league games and achieved a respectable 11th placed finish in the end.
Groenendijk is forced to work with limited financial resources this summer and all the signings at the club are either on free transfers or loan. On the flips side, the club saw a number of their players leaving on free transfer.
FC Utrecht had a successful 2016/17 season. Not only they finished fifth in the regular season, but also went on to dismantle AZ Alkmaar in Europa League play-offs. The team already started their qualification campaign for Europe and got past the first hurdle against Polish side Lech Poznan on away goal rule. Their next opponent are the Russian giants Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Utrecht’s success last season is written on their strong home form. The team ended up with 10 wins and 3 draws from their 17 games, losing just four times.
The Utrecht boss Erik ten Hag have to do this term without some of the most influential players in last season’s magnificent run. Sebastian Haller, who has been the consistent goal scorer for the team in the past three seasons has left for Eintracht Frankfurt. Meanwhile, the talented midfield maestro Sofyan Amrabat is snapped by Dutch rivals Feyenoord.
ADO Den Haag vs FC Utrecht: Head-to-head
Three of the last four meetings between the clubs are draws. Utrecht are unbeaten in the process with their 2-0 win in the corresponding fixture at Den Haag last season.
Only one of the last six matches between them has seen over 2.5 goals. And both teams scored in 2 of them.
The last six meetings between the clubs at Kyocera Stadion is evenly split across 2 wins, draw and defeats. Yet, Utrecht are unbeaten in their last 2 visits with a win and a draw.
ADO Den Haag vs FC Utrecht: Prediction
Either teams will want to get their season off to a flyer, but Utrecht will be cautious here having to save their key players for the Europa League play-off fixture against Zenit on the midweek. This will transfer the upper-hand to the home side.
Under Groenendijk, Den Haag are unbeaten in the last 6 Eredivisie games. Also, they are coming on the back of a solid preseason winning all their six games. Under the circumstances, a narrow win for home side is very much on the cards.
ADO Den Haag vs FC Utrecht: Bet Tips
FT – Den Haag to win for 3.25 odds with Pinnacle.
Under 2.5 goals is a decent alternative with both teams likely to make a cautious start to their campaign. Best odds are priced by Pinnacle in the region of 1.88.