Eredivisie

Highlighted: Will FC Utrecht find their way up against Feyenoord?

During the final week of the transfer window, FC Utrecht's focus wasn't on incoming or outgoing players. Instead, it revolved around the coaching position, as head coach Michael Silberbauer was dismissed by the club after a poor start to the season. What is Utrecht's current situation?

Searching season start

The season start in Utrecht can easily be labeled as chaotic. With defeats against PSV (2-0), sc Heerenveen (0-2), and PEC Zwolle (1-0), the Domstedelingen began the Eredivisie season without any points and even without scoring a goal. Coach Michael Silberbauer was evidently in search mode: he utilized a total of 22 different players in these matches, the joint highest number among all clubs this season, alongside Almere City.

Match between PSV - FC Utrecht, FC Utrecht players disappointed after the PSV - Utrecht match. (12-08-2023)

Firing coach, the right choice?

After Silberbauer's dismissal, Rob Penders temporarily takes charge at FC Utrecht, hoping for a shock effect. However, in recent years, it hasn't been shown that a coaching change benefits the Domstedelingen. Out of the last twelve Eredivisie matches following a coaching change, only one was won (D5, L6). What Utrecht can hold onto: the latest match in this sequence was against Feyenoord, which ended in a tidy 1-1 draw.

Date Opponent Score Outcome Debuting Coach

06/08/2011

VVV-Venlo

0-0

G

Erwin Koeman

22/10/2011

sc Heerenveen

1-4

V

Jan Wouters

08/08/2014

PEC Zwolle

0-2

V

Rob Alflen

08/08/2015

Feyenoord

2-3

V

Erik ten Hag

19/01/2018

AZ

1-1

G

Jean-Paul de Jong

16/09/2018

FC Emmen

1-2

V

Marinus Dijkhuizen

23/09/2018

Feyenoord

0-1

V

Dick Advocaat

04/08/2019

ADO Den Haag

4-2

W

John van den Brom

08/11/2020

Ajax

0-3

V

René Hake

02/04/2022

RKC Waalwijk

1-1

G

Rick Kruys

06/08/2022

RKC Waalwijk

2-2

G

Henk Fraser

08/01/2023

Feyenoord

1-1

G

Michael Silberbauer

Match between PSV and FC Utrecht, coach Michael Silberbauer of Utrecht. (12-08-2023)

Toornstra Against Former Love

On Sunday, Utrecht plays for their first points of this Eredivisie season. There's a good chance that Feyenoord icon Jens Toornstra will be in action. He played 234 Eredivisie matches for Feyenoord and secured the league title, two KNVB Cups, and the Johan Cruijff Shield twice with them. Interestingly, he's also well acquainted with scoring against Feyenoord: he's done so three times for FC Utrecht, including in last season's meeting at the Galgenwaard. Only five players have scored more often for Utrecht against Feyenoord in the Eredivisie.

Match between FC Utrecht and SC Heerenveen. Utrecht player Jens Toornstra. (20-08-2023)

Eredivisie table

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Ajax
Almere City FC
AZ
Excelsior Rotterdam
FC Twente
FC Utrecht
FC Volendam
Feyenoord
Fortuna Sittard
Go Ahead Eagles
Heracles Almelo
N.E.C. Nijmegen
PEC Zwolle
PSV
RKC Waalwijk
sc Heerenveen
Sparta Rotterdam
Vitesse
# Club GS W | V | G DV-DT DS P
1 PSV 24 21 | 0 | 3 79-13 +66 66
2 Feyenoord 24 17 | 2 | 5 60-19 +41 56
3 FC Twente 24 15 | 4 | 5 47-23 +24 50
4 AZ 24 12 | 5 | 7 45-23 +22 43
5 Ajax 24 11 | 7 | 6 53-43 +10 39
6 Go Ahead Eagles 24 10 | 7 | 7 38-32 +6 37
7 N.E.C. Nijmegen 24 9 | 6 | 9 48-39 +9 36
8 FC Utrecht 24 8 | 8 | 8 29-32 -3 32
9 sc Heerenveen 24 9 | 11 | 4 40-44 -4 31
# Club GS W | V | G DV-DT DS P
10 Sparta Rotterdam 24 8 | 10 | 6 30-34 -4 30
11 Fortuna Sittard 24 8 | 10 | 6 28-41 -13 30
12 Almere City FC 24 7 | 10 | 7 24-41 -17 28
13 PEC Zwolle 24 7 | 11 | 6 32-43 -11 27
14 Heracles Almelo 24 6 | 13 | 5 31-55 -24 23
15 Excelsior Rotterdam 24 4 | 11 | 9 38-52 -14 21
16 RKC Waalwijk 24 5 | 16 | 3 20-41 -21 18
17 Vitesse 24 4 | 16 | 4 19-49 -30 16
18 FC Volendam 24 3 | 17 | 4 25-62 -37 13

Legend

UEFA Champions League (group stage)
UEFA Champions League (qualifying round)
UEFA Europa League (qualifying round)
Play-offs: UEFA Europa Conference League (qualifying rounds)
Keuken Kampioen Play-Offs
Keuken Kampioen Divisie (relegation)

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