BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Friday, March 28, 2014
Aron Johannsson and AZ will try to recover from their Dutch Cup heartbreak while Juan Agudelo will try to get back on track with Utrecht for their visit to Breda.
NAC Breda - Utrecht
Juan Agudelo hopes to start on Friday when Utrecht visit NAC Breda.
The American suddenly has plenty of competition for playing time as striker Eduoard Duplan, Jacob Mulenga, and Cedric van der Gun are all simultaneously coming back from lengthy injury lay-offs.
Agudelo impressed early on in his stint with Utrecht, but has struggled to make much of a difference lately. The American has racked up only one goal and one assist in eight appearances for Utrecht.
To his credit, Utrecht's fortunes have turned around since his arrival. After six losses and one tie in seven games from December through February, Utrecht's only loss since February 15th was a 1 - 0 away result to Dutch giants PSV.
Breda are on a similar run as Utrecht. The hosts have only lost one game since January 25th. Conversely, they have failed to win a game since February eighth.
Utrecht midfielder Willem Janssen is the only player out for either team Friday.
Cambuur - AZ
Aron Johannsson and AZ look to recover their disappointing mid-week loss in the Dutch Cup this Sunday when they travel to Cambuur.
Cambuur are surging lately, on an undefeated run spanning six games. Additionally, their only two losses since December came in successive games against second place PSV and third place Twente.
After a lackluster start in which Cambuur were mired in the bottom rung of the Eredivisie, their recent performances have them all the way up to 10th place and just three points shy of the Europa League play-offs.
AZ have not been as good their weekend counterpart in the league of late. With a record of 5-1-4 in their last ten Eredivisie games, AZ have tread water at the seven spot in the league, but still have a seven point cushion on Groningen for a spot in the Europa League play-offs.
AZ's Dirk Marcellis is the only absence for either team on Sunday.
Dordrecht- Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond face a challenge Friday when they hit the road to take on league leaders Dordrecht.
Helmond have tied five games in a row going into Friday's game. If they get a result on Friday, they will need to go to lengths to shore up their leaky back line beforehand.
While they're currently in 11th place in the 20 team league, Helmond have allowed the fifth most goals in the league. On the other side, Dordrecht lead the Eerste Divisie in goals scored, averaging more than two a game with 72 in just 32 games so far.
The dynamic trio of Erixon Danso, Giovanni Korte, and Paul Gladon lead the attack for Dordrecht. All three of the attackers rank in the top 11 in goals scored in the league.
Kazlauskas is the stalwart in Helmond's back line. The American, who's been at Helmond since 2009, has played every minute of their season thus far.
Neither side are reporting any injuries for Friday's game.