Groningen FC vs Breda (By: Meese)
Groningen improved in form recently taking two victories, but then they had to visit Feyenoord last weekend and suffered a narrow 1:0 defeat. They conceded very early but didn't disappoint a lot against a far stronger opponent. Still, they are at a play-out position having only a point less than safely placed Zwolle and surely that the side seeks further improvement in this one.
Breda welcomed Ajax and couldn't do much better in a 0:3 defeat. They didn't look bad either, but the truth is that the visiting side simply did what was needed in order to get the victory and didn't want to lose much energy ahead of their more important Champions League clash. It was second consecutive defeat, as the side now stands alone at the last position with eight points collected in thirteen rounds.
The home side coach Buijs has a fully fit squad to choose from. The guests are missing forwards Fernandes (5/0), Kastaneer (7/1) and offensive midfielder Ilic (10/2). Defender Mets (8/1) is doubtful, while full-back van Anholt and midfielder Damen are long-term absentees, both without competitive minutes this season.
With Groningen improved and actually looking more stable in the defense too, I can't see anything but a clear home victory here. Breda shouldn't be having answers in attack to threaten to their victory this time.
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