BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Saturday, February 8, 2014
Juan Agudelo hopes to continue his good play for FC Utrecht against RKC Waalwijk Sunday.
RKC Waalwijk - FC Utrecht
After scoring his first goal for FC Utrecht in midweek, Juan Agudelo figures to spearhead coach Jan Wouters formation again this weekend against Waalwijk.
Agudelo has played a part in goals in each of Utrecht's last two games, after supplying the assist on Steve De Ridder's goal in their 1-1 tie with Ajax last week.
Oddly, Utrecht's tie against league leaders Ajax last weekend is the only league game they have managed to draw points out of in their last six. Utrecht have plummeted in the last few weeks due partially to a bevy of injuries to Wouters' attacking corps.
Coming into the year, Cedric van der Gun, Jacob Mulenga, and Edouard Duplan were all viable forward options for Utrecht, but all three are sidelined with long-term injuries at the moment. Additionally, Willem Janssen, Davy Bulthuis, and Johan Martensson are also out for Utrecht.
Currently in 12th place, Utrecht are only three points clear of the relegation zone at the moment in the 18 team league. Despite their recent struggles however, Utrecht could jump all the way up to 10th place with a win, only two spots removed from a place in Europa League qualifiers.
After an early season run in which Waalwijk went winless over nine games, the hosts' have fought their way out of relegation and up to 14th in the league. Waalwijk's last nine games have been far more fruitful than their run earlier this season, as they've lost only once in the last nine.
Former Ajax ace Dennis Rommendahl is out injured for Waalwijk Sunday, along with defender Frank van Mosselveld.
Jong PSV - Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport head 20 miles west to take on Jong PSV on Monday.
Kazlauskas has played every minute for Helmond this year. Arguably more impressive than his durability is the dexterity with which he's done so. The Milwaukee native has lined up at every position across the backline already, started multiple games at defensive midfield, and has even slid up to right winger for Helmond.
Davy Brouwers rescued a point for Helmond the last time these two teams met in October. Dutch international Luciano Narsingh opened the scoring for Jong PSV in the 61st minute before Brouwers knotted it up in the 90th minute.
Helmond, currently in ninth place in the Eerste Divisie, are eight points removed from a spot in the promotion playoffs, while Jong PSV are in 12th place in their first season in the Eerste Divisie.
Neither team are reporting any injuries for Monday's game.
Aron Johannsson was ruled out of action this weekend with a strained thigh