Jong Utrecht vs Roda
Dutch Eerste Divisie
Date: Friday, 2 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Sportcomplex Zoudenbalch (Utrecht).
Roda will finally have an easier fixture to play after a series of tough matches which saw them face the likes of Go Ahead Eagles and Sparta Rotterdam in the last of weeks. The congested schedule caused a thread of four straight games without a victory for De Koempels who dropped down to 12th place in the league ladder as a consequence.
There are frequent rumours about Robert Molenaar’s job being on the line as the Dutch manager will be desperate to see his men finally clinching a three-pointer here when they take on the rock-bottomed Jong Utrecht side. The visitors still dream of an immediate return to the top flight, but they are currently as many as 11 points shy of leaders Go Ahead Eagles. The gap behind the top five spots which lead to play-offs is five, though. A win here would thus push Roda back in the promotional quest.
Jong Utrecht vs Roda: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
Jong Utrecht vs Roda: Prediction
Jong Utrecht finished the last season at the very foot of the Eerste Divisie standings with just 27 points from 38 matches. They sit at the rock-bottom after 11 rounds of the new campaign as well. The team boasts by far the weakest defensive record in the league with 27 goals allowed in 11 outings so far.
Robin Pronk’s men will come into this off the back of tough defeats to Twente (1-6) and RKC Waalwijk (3-2). The team shipped 13 goals in cast four league matches. It will be the music to the ears of the German striker Mario Engels who bagged as many as eight goals for Roda so far in the season. He was on the scoreline in a 1-1 draw to Jong AZ seven days ago. We’d not be surprised to see him bagging two or more goals past the weakest defensive line here on Friday.
Jong Utrecht vs Roda: Bet Tips
Roda to win @ 1.53 (8/15)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53 (8/15).