BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Friday, February 28, 2014
Juan Agudelo and Utrecht are in for a big test at home when they host second place FC Twente on Saturday.
Utrecht - Twente
Juan Agudelo and Utrecht hope to build on last weekend's win over Groningen when they host Twente this Sunday.
Agudelo, who has been called in by USMNT manager Jurgen Klinnsman for the national team's midweek friendly against Ukraine, has reinvigorated Utrecht since coming over at the end of January. The American striker has contributed an assist and a goal in six games for struggling Utrecht.
Utrecht's win over Groningen was their first in the league since December 6th. The win boosted them up to 13th place in the Eredivisie, three spots above the relegation zone.
Unfortunately for the hosts, Kai Heerings joins an already deep injury list for Utrecht this weekend. In addition to Heerings, Cedric van der Gunn, Jacob Mulenga, Eduoard Duplan, and Willem Janssen are all still out for Utrecht this weekend.
Twente are in second place in the Eredivisie, trailing leaders Ajax by six points. They haven't been great of late however, with just one win in their last four games.
Youness Mokhtar, Sander Boschker, and Wout Brama are all out injured for Twente on Sunday.
AZ - RKC Waalwijk
AZ host struggling RKC Waalwijk this Sunday, giving Aron Johannsson's team a good chance at their first league win in their last four Eredivisie games.
Johannsson has been fantastic for AZ this year, with 14 goals in the league thus far. The Icelandic-American has filled the shoes that fellow USMNT striker Jozy Altidore left at AZ, and has a legitimate shot at passing Altidore's mark of 23 goals for AZ last season.
While AZ haven't been great in the league recently, they beat Slovan Liberec in the knockout rounds of the Europa League this week, moving on to face Anzhi Makhachkala in the round of 16.
Waalwijk have been decent lately after a disastrous beginning to the season. Following a winless September and October, Waalwijk have only lost four games in since. Unfortunately for the visitors, two of those losses have been their last two games.
Dirk Marcellis is out injured for AZ, while Mart Lieder, Dennis Rommedahl, Nils den Hartog, and Imad Najah will miss the game for Waalwijk.
Helmond Sport - Sparta Rotterdam
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond host Sparta Rotterdam on Friday in a battle between the teams in ninth and tenth place in the Eerste Dvisie.
While both teams are tied with 41 points, Rotterdam currently sit one spot above Helmond on goal differential.
Kazlauskas has been vital in keeping Helmond afloat this season. The Milwaukee native has played every position along the defensive line, as well as sliding up to right wing on occasion.
Helmond have been solid since dropping three straight games in November. Since that slide, Kazlauskas' team have only lost two of their last ten.
Rotterdam are in the midst of some immense struggles. After jumping out of the gate with just two losses through August, September, and October, Sparta have lost five out of their last six, including their last three.
Helmond are looking for a different result from the last time these two played. Sparta got goals from five different players as they buried Helmond 5-1 on November 22nd.
Neither team are reporting any injuries for the game.