Venlo – Utrecht : Preview & Prediction
Although VVV-Venlo won on the opening day after coming back from an adverse score of 2-0 with five goals in the second half, the team have failed to win seven of the last eight league games at home where they did not start as favorites. in betting (G1, E2, P5). However, they have won two of their three opening matches at home since returning to the Eredivisie, although the last season in which they were relegated began precisely with a 3-1 loss at home to Utrecht.
We could have a replay of that first home game as Venlo coach Hans de Koning is without a single win against Utrecht in the last eight times he has led a match against them (E2, P6) Notably, in In all six defeats his team was left scoreless, while teams led by de Koning on the day scored just one goal over the last 474 minutes of play.
Utrecht have scored four times in their first away game (as favorites) last season and usually open the scoring. They have scored two or more goals in four of their five games in previous seasons when they first played away from home (G2, E1, P2), with those encounters averaging a hefty 4.4 total goals per game (the average goals of the Utrecht was 2.2).
However, Utrecht had only a 33.33% win percentage as favorites when they played away from home last season (W3, E4, P2), although the away coach John van den Brom knows his rival well and has averaged 2.14 points per game over his 14 previous meetings against Venlo (G9, E3, P2 – in all competitions). Remarkably though, Venlo have scored first in both games while coaching Utrecht (E1, P1).
Players to watch: Venlo’s director. Stan Valckx promised Georgios Giakoumakis free Greek food if he helped them win – he gladly agreed with a hat-trick on his Eredivisie debut.
Utrecht star Gyrano Kerk contributed to 34% of the team’s league goals last season (ten goals, seven assists). Four of his last five Eredivisie touchdowns came from the 70th minute on.
Highlight: Six of the last seven meetings between Hans de Koning and John van den Brom had scores from both teams (W3, E3, P1 for Brom).
Venlo – Utrecht : Betting Tips
Utrecht – Win Odds: 1.75
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70