ADO Den Haag vs RKC Waalwijk
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Sunday, 19 January 2020
Kick-off at 15:45 UK / 16:45 CET
Venue: Cars Jeans Stadion (Den Haag)
Eredivisie schedulers sure did left the best for the last as ADO and RKC will be closing out first round of 2020 in a six-pointer relegation classic.
ADO Den Haag vs RKC Waalwijk: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (23 games): ADO Den Haag 7 wins, 7 draws, RKC Waalwijk 9 wins.
- The Storks have 4-4-4 record at home versus RKC.
- The Hague are on a three-game unbeaten run v Waalwijk.
- Five of their last six games ended with more than 2.5 goals.
ADO Den Haag vs RKC Waalwijk: Prediction
The Storks ended first half of the season in a humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hand of Ajax’s youth but there’s been a feel-good vibe at the club of late; firstly announcing Alan Pardew as their first team manager, getting Martin Jol back in the advising capacity and with few signings from England, ADO is ready to make one final push toward Eredivisie survival.
The Hague aren’t that far though… Sitting at 17th, they are just three points away from PEC Zwolle and safety. But firstly, they have to set their minds straight and lift spirits with a win, something they haven’t done since October when their seven-game winless streak started.
Only team worse than The Storks playing at home is the one who’s now coming to a visit; and that’s only because of goal difference. ADO last time won at Cars Jeans Stadion in back in August and since then ended up collecting just four points here.
RKC Waalwijk head into the winter break bottom of the table but with confidence boost following a 3-0 victory over an out of form FC Twente.
After getting just a point up until November, Waalwijk side has shown signs of improvements. They’re still dead last at the Eredivisie table but in the last two months they’ve picked up 10 points, nearly getting away with a point off De Kuip.
Surprisingly, RKC aren’t the worst side on the road; there are actually three sides with a poorer record than doomed Waalwijk side.
They have one win and a draw in nine away games but their count could’ve been higher since Fred Grim’s men lately dropped the 0-2 at De Kuip and had the lead twice away at Fortuna before ultimately succumbing to 3-2 defeat.
Alan Pardew will have to do on his debut without Tom Beugelsdijk, who’s out with a broken wrist and Danny Bakker, serving out suspension after seeing red v Ajax while Stanley Elbers is the only RKC player MIA for this clash.
There are lots of uncertainties about this one… Alan Pardew in the Netherlands, that doesn’t make sense at all. RKC’s resurgence just complicates things further. Can’t even be positive about goals, Waalwijk aren’t goal shy at all comparing to tight and shut ADO at home.
But let’s assume Den Haag get’s your average Alan Pardew. The Englishman usually sticks to expansive tactics, quick and brutal on the counter but on the same time, not really a picture of defensive stability. With that in mind, I’m leaning toward over 2.5 goals.
And while this might be controversial, I’m willing to back Fred Grim and his slowly but surely improving side. They’re playing really well of late, lacking Lady Luck’s touch in some moments but I’m more trustful toward them than I’m willing to roll the dice on ADO and see which one Pardew they’ve got, the one who got Newcastle United into Europe or the one who sank Charlton Athletic.
ADO Den Haag vs RKC Waalwijk: Betting tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.60
RKC Waalwijk to Win @ 3.65