Heerenveen vs Cambuur by Sunshine
Heerenveen is coming from a 3:0 surprising victory at home in the Dutch Cup, as they faced up against Twente in the derby clash of the early round of Cup competition. However, it must be said that their job was much easier as Twente stood with a man less from 24th minute when Rosales got red carded, while the hosts got the victory with goals from Slagveer in twentieth and two from Finnbogason in second half.
With this victory over favorites from Twente, they have earned a position in the last 32 teams of the Dutch Cup, while the early start in the season was slightly above expectations before the start. Coach Marco van Basten wasn't satisfied fully with the roster he had at disposal after the transfer window has ended, but it seems that the team found their way to perform well, mainly being oriented to play very offensively. With a 3-3-1 league record after first seven rounds, everyone is satisfied in the club as the team is only three points behind the leaders from PSV and they will surely be looking to get another, third in a row home victory. Home side has no specific worries in front of this game, as left back Dijks (4/0) comes back into the starting eleven, with central defender Kruiswijk (7/0) being doubtful.
Cambuur, on the other side, is coming into this game from a 6:1 victory on the road against amateur side Katwijk in midweek's Cup game. Way more dominant visitors have already scored five goals during the first half-time, while the coach Dwight Lodeweges used this match to rotate his squad and save the best players in order to regain fitness.
With this victory, team of Cambuur continued their good performances and now have four matches without defeat, coming from a goalless draw away from home against Go Ahead Eagles in previous round. However, it must be said that visitors were limited to a passive role, especially since they stood with a man less in 43rd minute when van der Laan got red-carded but knew how to defend and deserved their points completely. Having a 2-3-2 record early in the season, their start is above expectations from everyone in the club as the team continues to have salvation as the primary goal in the season. Central defender van der Laan (7/0) is serving one match suspension after getting red-card in previous game, while team captain and central midfielder Dijkstra (5/0) might be included back to the original lineup.
Heerenveen is playing very well offensively and generally above all expectations. Cambuur showed to be good so far this season, but they won't stay too competitive in offensive part of the game against so strongly offensive minded hosts who are awaiting this game with a morale boosting victory over Twente.