FC Utrecht starts on Sunday with goalkeeper Maarten Paes in the home game against Ajax, the first game of the Domstedelingen without the departed trainer John van den Brom. The Amsterdammers have a basic place for Zakaria Labyad.
Ajax with Labyad, Promes and Neres on the bench
The 22-year-old Paes was passed in the last league matches by Van den Brom, who preferred Thijmen Nijhuis. The 22-year-old Nijhuis did not make a good impression in recent weeks and now has to sit on the couch again.
Interim trainer René Hake, who temporarily takes the honors at FC Utrecht due to the abrupt departure of Van den Brom to KRC Genk this week, made more changes compared to the team that last week in the away game against Heracles Almelo (4-1 ) began.
Sander van de Streek has to make way for Joris van Overeem in midfield. In the vanguard, Gyrano Kerk and Mimoun Mahi are allowed to show it from the first whistle, at the expense of Moussa Sylla and Bart Ramselaar, who are also not on the bench.
Trainer John van den Brom left FC Utrecht this week for an adventure at KRC Genk. (Photo: KRC Genk)
At Ajax, Labyad can start against the club where he played between 2016 and 2018. It is the first time since the lost away match against FC Groningen (1-0) at the beginning of October that the Moroccan international has a base place in the Eredivisie.
As expected, trainer Erik ten Hag chooses Lassina Traoré as a striker. Last Tuesday in the Champions League duel with FC Midtjylland (1-2 win) Dusan Tadic started in the point of the forefront, but the Serbian is now on the flank again.
Due to Traoré’s base position, David Neres and Quincy Promes have to settle for a spare role. Lisandro Martínez and Jurgen Ekkelenkamp – against Midtjylland basic players – are also on the bench in the Galgenwaard Stadium.
The match between FC Utrecht and Ajax starts on Sunday at 12.15 and is led by referee Björn Kuipers. The team from Amsterdam is currently in the lead in the Eredivisie with eighteen points, nine more than mid-engine FC Utrecht.
Line-up FC Utrecht: Paes; Warmerdam, Hoogma, St. Jago, Van der Maarel; Van Overeem, Maher, Gustafson; Elijah, Mahi and Church.
Ajax setup: Onana, Mazraoui, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico; Gravenberch, Klaassen, Labyad; Tadic, Traoré and Antony.