Utrecht vs Heracles: Preview and Predictions

Utrecht vs Heracles
Dutch Eredivisie
Date: Sunday, 17 December 2017
Kick-Off: 13:30 UK
Venue: Stadion Galgenwaard (Utrecht).

Utrecht continued their spell of excellent form in mid-week when they survived a stern VVV test bating the league’s newcomers 0-1 on the road. The team led by Erik ten Hag has thus made it four wins and a draw in last five league outings.

Utrecht will be looking to extend the positive run on Sunday when they host the bottom-half Heracles at Stadion Galgenwaard. The impressive streak began with a shocking 1-2 win over Ajax at Amsterdam Areba. The return of 13 points from last five league ties has climbed the hosts up to the fifth place in the Eredivisie standings firmly confirming their aspirations for grabbing one of Europa League spots.

Heracles will head into this with an improved confidence after beating fellow strugglers Sparta Rotterdam, 3-2 at home on Thursday. Nonetheless, John Stegeman will still have plenty of headaches ahead of the trip to Utrecht given that his men have just been very easy to break down lately. They did manage to beat Sparta, but conceding two goals to the rock-bottom side is certainly not something to be proud of.

To make thing worse, Heracles are one of the weakest travelers in the entire league and they have lost each of last six away matches in Eredivisie.

Utrecht vs Heracles: Predictions

Heraclieden leaked in at least three goals in each of last four matches on the road and they just don’t have much to hope for against the in-form Utrecht side here.

Utrecht’s star man has been Moroccan midfielder Zakatia Labyad who has six goals to his name in this term of Eredivisie.

You can back Labyad to score anytime against one of the weakest defensive lines in the league at the sky-high 2.75 odds.

Utrecht vs Heracles: Bet Tips

  • Utrecht to win 1.44
  • Zakaria Labyad to score anytime 2.75

 

Utrecht vs Heracles: Head-to-head

  • Teams head into this after winning eight matches each in previous 26 meetings
  • As many as ten of their encounters saw no winner
  • Both sides took advantage of the home court in the previous term
  • Only one of last five H2H meetings between the two sides ended with three or more goals scored

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