DAVID SMITH - Friday, November 21, 2014
Both Aron Johannsson and Rubio Rubin should be in the starting lineup for their respective teams as the Dutch Eredivisie swings back into action following the international break.

AZ Alkmaar - Vitesse Arnhem

Having made a successful return from a long injury lay-off, Aron Johannsson looks to have cemented himself in AZ's front line, and should be on the field when they host Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday.

Johannsson made a successful return to AZ's starting lineup after missing the first two-plus months of the season, beginning the team's last three in league and cup, and helping them extend their unbeaten run.

They most recently defeated NAC by a 1-0 margin in their last game before the break, and could make strides towards the top three with a win on Saturday.

Vitesse stumbled into the international break with a scoreless draw against Feynoord, and are currently on a three-game winless streak in league play.

Johannsson has had some success against Vitesse in the past, scoring one of the team's two in a shut-out victory last season, and will hope to open his account after a delayed start to the 2014/15 season.

Neither team is reporting any absences.

FC Utrecht - Cambuur-Leeuwarden

After making his national team debut in a pair of friendly games during the international break, Rubio Rubin should be ready to join the Utrecht attack on Sunday when they host Cambuur-Leeuwarden.

Rubin was rewarded for what has been a solid start to his top-flight career with a call-up to Jürgen Klinsmann's squad for the most recent round of friendly matches, earning a start against Colombia in his debut and also seeing time in the subsequent loss to Ireland several days later.

Now back with Utrecht, the team will hope he continues his work in the team's attack, where he as racked up five assists through nine games from his attacking midfield role.

Cambuur and Utrecht both have their eyes on pushing their way upwards in the Eredivisie standings. Sitting respectively seventh and eighth, separated only by way of goal differential, a win would likely see either team rise into the spots reserved for the four-team Europa-league playoff.

Both had slight hiccups prior to the international break, with Utrecht drawing 2-2 at Excelsior Rotterdam and Cambuur losing 4-2 at home to second-place Ajax.

Neither team is reporting any absences.


Dion Watson will hope to see substitute action for Fortuna Sittard on Friday when they host De Graafschap Doetinchem.

Charles Kazlauskas will be starting in Helmond's back line on Saturday for their visit to struggling Achilles 29 Groesbeek.

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