Utrecht II and Helmond Sport meet at Sportcomplex Zoudenbalch, in a match for the 37th round of the Eerste Divisie. Helmond Sport won at home by (2-0) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 12-21-2018. The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 5 matches won 2, drew 2 and lost 1. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and outside.
The home team is currently in the 20 th position of the league, with 19 points won, after 4 wins, 7 draws and 25 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Den Bosch, by (2-2). In the last match, they won in a home match against FC Volendam, by (3-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 draws and 11 losses in away matches, with 18 goals scored and 38 conceded; against 3 wins, 1 draw and 11 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 38 suffered. For the championship, Utrecht II won 6 points out of 30 possible, after 2 wins and 8 losses in the last 10 home matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in all of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 13 of the last 18 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. This is a team that scores only few times and was only able to open the scoring in 6 of its last 36 matches for the Eerste Divisie, of these 6 came to rest in advantage in 3 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 2. In 36 matches in this competition, he only managed 1 comeback in the 10 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Playing in his stadium and with the support of his fans seems to have been a determining factor for the Utrecht team. In the last two days, they presented the performance they should have presented in the rest of the season and that perhaps could have allowed them to achieve maintenance. They managed to add four points in six disputed, tying the game with the Den Bosch and, in the last day, winning in a surprising way to Volendam. At a time when there are two days to finish the championship, Utrecht hosts Helmond, in a match of three points that are worth six and that may be worth a change in the qualifying position, pulling Helmond from the last position. Utrecht have been lucky not to regret any injury in the last few days, which is very positive.
The away team is currently in the 19 th position of the league, with 21 points won, after 4 wins, 9 draws and 23 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Sparta Rotterdam, by (3-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against FC Eindhoven, by (2-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 draws and 13 losses in away matches, with 9 goals scored and 34 conceded; against 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses at their stadium, with 20 goals scored and 22 conceded. In the last 10 away league matches Helmond Sport has a record of 2 draws and 8 losses, so they have won 2 points out of 30 possible.
For this competition, they have a sequence of 8 losses in the last away matches and they have not won any of the last 18 away matches. The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches and has not displayed great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that usually scores a few times first: it only opened the scoring in 5 of its last 36 matches for the Eerste Divisie, of these 5 it reached the break in advantage in 2 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 2. In 36 matches in this tournament, suffered the first goal 8 times and never got the comeback.
After weeks of living quietly ahead of Utrecht, Helmond saw shortening the punctual advantage in the last two days and, now, in this game has a decisive match for their aspirations to remain in this division, avoiding the decline. In this game only the victory interests him, not to fall for the last qualifying position and to happen to have the descent as true. The list of players unavailable for this game is long and those who can not give their contribution to the team may be relevant.