Re: Dutch Football 2011/2012
VVV vs FC Utrecht
Pick: VVV +0.25 @ 1.83 (SBO)
I got the price of 1.99 last weekend, but this price is still very good. In my opinion this game should have a draw-no-bet line and I even consider VVV as the slight favourites.
VVV has had quite a good build up to the new season. In a friendly they beat Aachen 3-1 and a week ago they surprised with a convincing 2-0 win over Getafe. Admittedly, Getafe didn't look overly motivated, but VVV sprang quite a surprise. They've invested their money smartly by the looks of it. Meeuwis will be a true leader for their team and Maguire, Wildschut and Linssen are good new signings.
Utrecht on the other hand is on a low at the moment. They really lack strikers,as new siging Gerndt is suspended and Mulenga, Duplan and De Kogel are injured. They've struggled mightly in the build-up to this game, as they only won once against an amateur team. Against proffesional teams, they drew against Ergotelis (0-0), while losing to mediocre Lierse, Mechelen. The 0-3 loss against Malaga was a result one could have expected. Then in a vital match (their last leading up to this one) to gain some confidence they drew 2-2 against amateur side Spakenburg. FC Utrecht lost 6 starters in the transfer period, including their captain and their best two players (Mertens and Strootman, both to PSV). They'll need some time to regroup and integrate their new players.
The first few matches FC Utrecht is a side to fade and I fully expect VVV to get at least a draw. I even see them winning this one, so even when odds fall to a draw-no-bet line, I would still bet on VVV.