In a delightful contest with NEC Nijmegen for first place, Fortuna will want to obtain all three points from their next fixture, Dordrecht – Sittard, starting tonight, 19:00 GMT. But the hosts won’t let them off that easy!
Dodrecht – Stands 15th in the league, with 22 points from 20 fixtures, 28-47 aggregate. Won against Jong Utrecht, 2-0, in their last Eerste match. It was the first victory after 5 consecutive defeats, in which Dordrecht received 19 goals. But Jong Utrecht is last, so you can figure out that it wasn’t much of a surprise. Gerard de Nooijer’s boys have the worse defense in the league, with an average of 2.35 goals conceded per game. And the situation doesn’t really change when they’re playing at home, with 22 goals conceded in 10 games, and at least 3 in their previous 4 matches in front of their fans. There are no recent injury concerns for the hosts, so at least they got that out of the way.
Sittard – Leads Eerste, with 44 points from 20 matches, 53-23 aggregate. Sunday Oliseh, the former big Nigerian player, trains a team that has the best attack in the league and the second safest defense. Saw an interview with him remembering how he found the club in a desperate situation. And he’s right! Last season, Fortuna was struggling in the bottom half of the table and had big attack issues. Now they have a 18-years old defender, Schuurs, who’ll be joining Ajax in the summer. Seven straight wins in the league for Sittard, with at least 2 goals scored in every of these victories. Has an average of 2.2 goals scored in their away matches (20 goals in 9 games).
When they last met, Sittard won 5-1, in a fixture with 22 shots on target from both teams. All of the last five Dordrecht – Sittard encounters produced at least 3 goals, so you’re seeing where I’m going with this. Fortuna had a strong win last Friday, 2-1, at home, against Jong Ajax, and they would like to continue this positive trend against a team that can score, but will probably concede twice as much.
Prediction: over 2,5 goals, odds 1.44
Dordrecht - Sittard