Sports Mole preview Saturday’s Eredivisie clash between Groningen and Willem II, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Aiming to avoid a third consecutive loss, out of form Willem II visit the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion on Saturday to face Groningen.
On the other hand, the home side have set out to find their way back to winning ways after failing to win either of their last two outings ahead of this weekend’s contest.
Despite a solid defensive performance against the defending champions, Willem II fell to a 1-0 defeat against Ajax in the teams’ meeting on Saturday.
Jurrien Bois popped up with the winning goal nine minutes from the end of regulation time to sink Fred GrimThe men of Konig Willem II Stadion.
Therefore, De Superkruiken hover just above the relegation zone which they are currently separated by two points after also playing one game more.
Their next assignment comes against an opposing team with little choice between the teams with the last 13 clashes yielding five wins for each side and three stalemates.
Only Fortuna Sittard and Cambuur have scored more away goals than Saturday’s visitors who have lost seven straight league games on the road and recorded just one clean sheet in 11 outings.
Groningen had to settle for a point at Mac3Park Stadion on Sunday where they played out a 1-1 draw against bottom-placed PEC Zwolle.
Danny BuijsThe men of took the lead in the last knockouts of the first half Laros Duarte before conceding a late equalizer to Yuta Nakayama.
After amassing 26 points from 23 games so far, The Pride of the North have moved into 10th place in the Eredivisie table and are just four points clear of the top half.
With just one win from their last eight home fixtures, Saturday’s hosts will need to start at home if they are to have any chance of replicating seventh place from last season.
Groningen Eredivisie form:
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Mats Kohlert missed his team’s latest outing with a muscle issue and the striker’s availability for Saturday’s game is currently at stake.
The opposing team will have to settle for the absence of Wesley Spieringhs who hasn’t played since early September due to a knee injury.
Pol Llonch should also drop this one after injuring his leg 27 minutes after Willem II’s loss to Sparta Rotterdam two Sundays ago.
Twenty three years Radinio Balker remains without an appearance in the current campaign as he continues to nurse a long-term knee injury.
Tomas Suslov was on target in the second leg and the Slovak will once again be looking to deliver the goods.
Possible starting formation from Groningen:
Leeuwenburgh; Meijer, Van Hintum, Te Wierik, Kasanwirjo; Duarte, Suslov, De Leeuw; Abraham, El Hankouri, Larsen
Possible starting composition of Willem II:
Wellenreuther; Owusu, Dammers, Jenssen, Kohn; Crowley, Oosting, Saddiki; Nunnely, Hornkamp, Svensson
We say: Groningen 2-1 Willem II
Willem II has been in a downward spiral for a long time and Groningen will back each other to capitalize despite their own struggles recently. We hope the home team will emerge triumphant at the end of the 90 minutes.
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