For the kick-off of the quarterfinals in the KNVB Cup between NEC and VVV-Venlo in Almelo, the Nijmegenaren received support from unexpected corners. Three text planes appeared above the Erve Asito, home of Heracles, who slid on three canvases the following text: We want the derby #vitnec. So win today.”
The sender of the flying endorsement was waterontharder.com, the main sponsor of Vitesse. The winner of NEC-VVV-Venlo will meet Vitesse in the semi-final. The Gelderse derbys between Vitesse and NEC spoke to the imagination in the years that the Nijmegenaren played in the Eredivisie, but have not been finished since the demotion of NEC in 2017.
Due to the snowfall of last week and the state of the field in De Goffert, NEC has moved to Almelo for the quarter-final table. At NEC there are basic places for routine player Edgar Barreto and cup keeper Mattijs Branderhorst, while VVV goalkeeper Thorsten Kirschbaum and defender Kristopher Da Graca did not get fit in time. They are replaced by Delano van Crooij and Arjan Swinkels. Top shooter Giorgos Giakoumakis is from the party to VVV. The Greek has already made 24 goals this season for VVV, 22 in the Eredivisie and two in the cup tournament.