When Utrecht held PSV Eindhoven to a scoreless draw at 2-2 before routing Sparta Rotterdam 0-3 on the road in mid-February, it appeared that they had discovered the winning formula.
Since then, though, the team has abruptly chosen to stop playing defense. In their most recent three games across all categories, they recorded two losses, one draw, and eight goals surrendered.
The shocking 1-4 home loss to semi-pro team Spakenburg in the KNVB Beker quarterfinal was the most agonizing setback. Last Saturday, when Utrecht and NEC Nijmegen drew 2-2 on the road, their defense did not fare much better.
Since Go Ahead Eagles did not play last weekend, they had an extra week to attempt to bounce back from their 4-1 loss to Cambuur on March 5. Similar to their rivals, Go Ahead have conceded two or more goals in three of the last four league games.
But unlike FC Utrecht, the visitors haven’t managed to stay in the highest division of Dutch football. They are currently only six points in the danger zone above Excelsior.
Utrecht vs G.A. Eagles – Betting Analysis
In its last seven home games against Go Ahead Eagles, FC Utrecht has triumphed three times, drawn three times, and lost just once.
In each of the prior three head-to-head matches, including the 2-2 tie in January of this year, the teams split the spoils. In three of the previous four head-to-head games, both sides scored.
Due to both teams’ recent poor defensive play, we believe that Both Teams To Score at chances of 1.75 is by far the best wager.
We like the 2.30 odds given for Utrecht’s top scorer Anastasios Douvikas to score anytime on Saturday because Go Ahead Eagles put on a truly appalling defensive performance in the 4-1 defeat to Cambuur two weeks ago.
What are the best odds for the game?
Checking on the latest odds for this match on the WDW market, staking on FC Utrecht is best priced at 1.74, backing the game finishing all-square is 3.94 and selecting a win for Go Ahead Eagles gets 4.44. They’re the top market prices available right now.
Utrecht vs G.A. Eagles – Head-to-Head
Our Prediction: Under 2.5 Goals