Groningen vs Willem II Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
Groningen vs Willem II prediction for an opening round 9 fixture in the Dutch Eredivisie. Two clubs from second half of the Eredivisie table will meet on Friday night, 20 October 2017, when Groningen hosts to Willem II at the “Noordlease Stadion”. Read more about the clash in our detailed game preview, free betting tips and predictions.
H2H History: Groningen vs Willem II
FC Groningen takes on visitors from Tilburg with a clear ambition to end its winless streak against Willem II. “The Green-White Army” from Groningen failed to win in any of the last three matches (2 draws, 1 defeat) when both sides met, having seven wins and a draw in 8 games before that.
The overall H2H balance in last 40 Eredivisie encounters between the two teams is: 15 victories for Groningen, 9 draws and 16 wins for Willem II. However, balance in Groningen is 11 wins for the hosts, 8 draws and just one victory for Willem II.
Eredivisie: FC Groningen vs Willem II 20.10.2017
FC Groningen stays at “The Green Cathedral” after a draw (1:1) vs AZ Alkmaar on Sunday, having won just twice in 8 Eredivisie games, thereby occupying the 12th position with 9 points. Ernest Faber is surely determined to gain more points and hosts hope to build on their last season’s performance, when Groningen finished 8th, but couldn’t scoop one of the Europa League spots at the end.
Willem II head to Friday night’s clash after a 3:1 home win vs Twente, which was their second success in 8 rounds. Thus “The Tricolores” have emerged from the last position but they still remain in the relegation zone (17th) with six points only – 2 wins and 6 defeats. Nevertheless, that win came right on time and fact they have made a comeback from 0:1 makes it even more inspiring.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Despite an overall negative record, Groningen boasts a strong home balance by winning all its points at home turf. This includes two wins and three draws, making Groningen one of the solid Eredivise hosts and they certainly want to keep up the good impressions after that round.
Expectations are that Ernest Faber will retain much of the squad used against AZ, but he still can’t rely to an injured trio Todd Kane, Kasper Larsen and Lars Veldwijk. Nevertheless, he can count on all key players like midfielder Ruben Jenssen (3 assists), winger Oussama Idrissi (2 goals) and striker Mimoun Mahi (5 goals, 1 assist). Japanese youngster Ritsu Doan, Ajdin Hrustic and Jesper Drost are other players competing for a starting position behind the striker.
Willem II travels without injured Asumah Abubakar but that is not something new as he hasn’t featured yet this season. Erwin van de Looi has all first-team players available and the former Groningen coach is ready to face his ex-club with whom he won the Dutch Cup in 2015.
Groningen vs Willem II Prediction and Betting Tips
Willem II won one of their four away games when visiting Kerkrade one month ago (1:3 vs Roda). Actually they have achieved their two Eredivisie victories in the last four rounds, which hints for an improvement in club from Tilburg.
Groningen will have to be more cautious if they want to beat back Willem II’s enthusiasm and their home advantage may play a crucial role here. Hosts are undefeated in their last 11 home matches against Willem II in all competitions and that’s a streak they would love to maintain after Friday’s meeting.
“The Green-White Army” traditionally does well when visitors from Tilburg travel on North and our betting prediction goes on the home side: Groningen to win (1X2 Betting) against Willem II.
Possible Lineups of Groningen and Willem II
Venue: “Noordlease Stadion”, Groningen.
Referee: Allard Lindhout.
FC Groningen: Sergio Padt – Mike te Wierik, Etiënne Reijnen, Samir Memisevic, Django Warmerdam – Ruben Jenssen, Juninho Bacuna – Ajdin Hrustic, Ritsu Doan, Oussama Idrissi – Mimoun Mahi. (4-2-3-1)
Willem II Tilburg: Stefan van der Lei – Fernando Lewis, Jordens Peters, Darryl Lachman, Konstantinos Tsimikas – Pedro Chirivella, Ben Rienstra – Ismail Azzaoui, Dan Crowley, Thom Haye – Fran Sol. (4-2-3-1)