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Utrecht and NEC lock horns in the Eredivisie on Friday. Utrecht are aiming to get back to winning ways after a lengthy slump in form. Read our free predictions and find the latest odds for the fixture below in our detailed match preview.
Utrecht vs NEC – Free Betting Tips & Predictions
Utrecht have won only one of their last nine Eredivisie assignments ahead of their latest test against NEC on Friday. Read our top three predictions for this weekend’s fixture below.
- Double Chance – Draw or NEC @ 21/20 (2.05)
- Both Teams to Score – Yes @ 8/15 (1.53)
- Total Goals – Over 2.5 Goals @ 8/15 (1.53)
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
NEC Double Chance
Utrecht are limping towards the finish line in the Eredivisie and their haul of just one win from their last nine matches in the Dutch top flight is their worst run of the campaign so far by a distance. Tricky customers NEC meanwhile, managed to avoid defeat in eight of their last 11 away assignments and with their host’s confidence at rock bottom, Rogier Meijer’s troops could be worth backing in the double chance market on Friday.
Both Teams to Score
Utrecht’s results have been frustratingly subpar for an extended period, though they have been consistent performers in the both teams to score market. Indeed, seven of their last eight tussles in the Eredivisie have produced goals at both ends, while four of NEC’s last five matches on the road have also delivered winning BTTS bets. With those runs in mind, punters are advised to anticipate action at both ends again the Stadion Galgenwaard.
Over 2.5 Goals
Rogier Meijer could never be described as a conservative tactician and the NEC coach has adopted an open approach in his team’s recent away fixtures. As a result, the goals have flowed and the net rippled 5.0 times per 90 minutes on average across their last three away skirmishes. NEC’s front-foot philosophy should ensure supporters are treated to more entertainment on Friday where a bet on over 2.5 goals is favoured again.
Utrecht vs NEC Match Preview and Team News
Marc van de Maarel, Mimoun Mahi and Henk Veerman are all in the treatment room for FC Utrecht this week, while Naoki Maeda is still considered a doubt. Utrecht almost snatched a point at Feyenoord last time out before they were gunned down in dramatic fashion by a last gasp Luis Sinisterra strike.
Wilfried Bony and Edgar Barreto are on the sidelines for NEC with injuries, while midfielder Pedro Ruiz is also rated as touch and go for Friday. Ali Akman is still suspended and will miss out again. NEC ran champions-elect Ajax close last weekend before they were eventually beaten by a late Brian Bobbey effort.
Top Betting Odds and Stats for Utrecht vs NEC
Check out our list of the best stats for Friday’s game below alongside a tool to help you choose the best odds.
Utrecht vs NEC Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions
Where are these teams currently placed in the league?
Utrecht are currently 7th, while NEC are a little further down in 10th.
What time does this fixture kick off?
The game is scheduled to start at 20:00 CET (GMT +1).
Which club is favourite to win this weekend?
Utrecht have been priced as favourites to beat NEC by the bookmakers.