Heerenveen vs Excelsior by Sors

Heerenveen ended a four-game winless streak with a 3-1 win in the visit to Go Ahead Eagles last Saturday and returned on fourth position in the standings, with one point advantage over AZ Alkmaar (5th place) and five points more than Twente (6th place) and Utrecht (7th place).


The hosts suffered a 0-1 loss against Ajax in their last home match on Nov. 27, but it was their first defeat at home in eight competitive games (3-4-0 12/8 in the previous seven games) and the first time when Heerenveen failed to score at Abe Lenstra Stadium this season.


Heerenveen is a team with open and attacking style of play, as the hosts scored a total of 29 goals in the previous fifteen rounds (more than any other team in this league with the exception of Feyenoord and Ajax) and three goals in four of the previous seven games against opponents from the lower half of the standings.


Jeremiah St. Juste (d / 15+2) and Henk Veerman (f / 13+3) are out due to injuries, but while the absence of St. Juste can lead to certain problems in defense, Jurgen Streppel has enough options in attack in Stijn Schaars (m / 1 goal), Yuki Kobayashi (m / 1 goal), Sam Larsson (f / 5 goals), Arber Zeneli (f / 6 goals) and Reza Ghoochannejhad (f / 7 goals).


Excelsior is in obvious upswing lately, as after a nightmarish series of seven consecutive defeats from late September to early November, the guests won five points from their last three games in the league against Sparta Rotterdam (3-2/home), Vitesse (2-2/away) and AZ Alkmaar last Saturday (3-3/home).In fact, it happened mainly due to their sudden awakening in attack, while Excelsior’s defense continues to struggle mightily, as the guests conceded two or more goals in nine of the previous fifteen rounds and in four of their last five away games against Go Ahead Eagles (0-3), Feyenoord (0-4/Cup), Ajax (0-1), Utrecht (1-2) and Vitesse (2-2).


Arghus (d / 1+0), Danilo Pantic (m / 7+0), Hicham Faik (m / 9+4) and Mike van Duinen (f / 6+0) will miss the visit to Heerenveen due to injuries.


I expect more than three goals in this match between the teams of Heerenveen and Excelsior.


Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
over 3.00 Pinnacle 1.83 8 2-1 PUSH (Stake return)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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