Excelsior vs Utrecht
Date: Friday, 30 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Woudestein (Rotterdam).
The Kralingers are 11th in the table with 6 defeats and 4 wins. They are the worst defensive unit in the league conceding 31 goals in their 13 games. Meanwhile, the forwards managed to help them score only 19 goals. So for a team that is not strong at the back scoring needs to improve as well.
Excelsior is coming on the back of an away win against FC Emmen in the league. From the last 6 competitive fixtures, they have lost 4 and won twice as well. Over 2.5 goals were scored in total on the last 4 matches they played across all venues. At home, they are on a 2 match losing streak and conceded 11 goals in those 2 games. Those defeats came after a 2 match win streak in front of their home fans. The finals score in 3 of their last 5 home games had more than 2.5 goals in total.
The visitors are 5th in the points table after 13 rounds completed in the league. They have 6 wins and 4 losses until now. Utrecht have scored 20 goals and conceded 14 in the process. They are fresh from a win over Graafschap in the last match.
In the last 6 games they played in all competitions, they won 5 and lost only once. They had a 5 match win streak which was broken when they lost to Vitesse in the league. Over 2.5 goals were scored in 5 of their last 6 games across all venues.
But the away record is not so convincing for the team managed by Dirk Advocaat. In their last 5 matches on the road, they lost twice while winning only once. Under 2.5 goals were scored in all but one of those 5 games.
Both these teams are pumped up after wins in their last games. So we can expect a tight encounter which may end up as a draw.
Excelsior vs Utrecht: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Utrecht is unbeaten against these opponents in the last 5 games between them.
- They have won 4 of the last 5 h2h matches across all venues.
- Over 2.5 goals were scored in total on all those 5 matches.
- Excelsior previously had a win in this fixture back in 2015.
Excelsior vs Utrecht: Prediction
The hosts have found the target in their last 5 home games. Even in the matches, they lost by a huge margin, they managed to score. The visitors also have scored in their recent away matches. So we can place a bet on both the sides to score with 1.63 odd.
The away side has lost 3 matches in their 6 away games. These defeats were against teams like PSV, Vitesse, and Feyenoord, i.e.; teams who are above them in the table. The hosts have lost their last 2 matches in front of the home crowd and I think they will lose this one also. Thus based on the squad power and better defense of the visitors we can bet on Utrecht to win with 1.79 odd.
Excelsior vs Utrecht: Betting Tips
Utrecht to win @ 1.79 (4/5).
Both teams to score @ 1.63 (5/8).