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PEC Zwolle and FC Utrecht crosses the swords on Sunday afternoon, at the classic time of half past three. Does Zwolle know to continue its resurrection in this home game?
For PEC Zwolle, things are good after two games in the new year. Under the new coach Jaap Stam, in eight days time was won just as often as in the months of October, November and December together. Last week PEC was the strongest in Almelo, where home team Heracles was beaten 0-2. Zwolle is not yet completely out of trouble. The Stam team now stands at 21 points. With that, the club is three points above the dreaded line.
The transfer period of PEC was partly dominated by transfers that did not take place. Kingsley Ehizibue, for example, turned away from a visit to Italian Genoa. Keeper Diederik Boer, who lost his place to Mickey van der Hart, did not see a transfer to Cyprus at the last moment. Both are still PEC under contract. Yuta Nakayama, a Japanese defender, could make his debut on Sunday. His paperwork is in order, so he is entitled to play.
FC Utrecht is currently not in its best period. The last three duels of the Domstedelingen ended in a defeat. Where the losses against Ajax (1-3) and AZ (3-0) were perhaps still in line with expectations, the loss of last week was more painful. Utrecht did not bother at home against Willem II. It was particularly disappointing with 0-1 lost. On the league table Utrecht is still on course for the playoffs for Europa League football, but it is clear that improvement is desired.
That possible improvement will have to occur without the contributions of Oussama Tannane. The attacker, who was hired from Saint-Etienne, was removed from the selection after misbehavior. Trainer Dick Advocaat announced at the weekly press conference that he would no longer be able to appeal to Tannane this season. Novelty Michiel Kramer is eligible for play time on Sunday. The question is whether he is fit enough for a basic place.
Zwolle vs Utrecht head to head matches
19.08.18 ERE Utrecht Zwolle 2 : 0
10.02.18 ERE Utrecht Zwolle 2 : 1
01.12.17 ERE Zwolle Utrecht 1 : 1
18.02.17 ERE Utrecht Zwolle 3 : 1
14.12.16 KNV Zwolle Utrecht 1 : 2