Heerenveen vs Go Ahead Eagles by Meese
After a run of really poor results in Eredivisie and exclusion from Dutch Cup, Heerenveen managed to respond with much better performance in front of own fans against Roda last weekend celebrating 3:0 victory. They were better from the first minute as the players of Roda stood really defensive minded and extremely passive but the hosts could score only once the visitors stood playing with a man less.
Defensive midfielder El Makrini got excluded in 54th, while the hosts increased their tempo and domination even further, managing to open the scoreline in 60th via Schmidt, but also to seal the victory with two more goals in last minutes of the game, via Veerman and Ghoochennejhad from a penalty kick. After this three pointer, they managed to stay inside the play-off zone, having thirty-six points earned which is just a point more than out of play-off placed Twente meaning that they need a victory here badly.
Home team should be playing in 4-3-3 formation using Larsson, Zeneli and Ghoochannejhad as forwards. Defensive midfielder Stijn Schaars (14/1) is injured, while Jeremias St Juste and Pelle van Amersfoort came back from suspension.
Go Ahead Eagles, on the other side, suffered 1:3 defeat in front of own fans against Vitesse last weekend, which was their second consecutive loss as they previously lost on the road to Roda. Even though they had a bit more of the ball possession than the players of Vitesse, they got completely outplayed on the field and deserved the defeat.
Guests took the lead in 29th minute via van Wolfswinkel, doubling up the lead at the start of the second halftime via Foor and sealing the victory in 80th minute via Rashica. Players of Go Ahead Eagles only managed to reduce the deficit in 88th via Crowley and didn't deserve more than that. The team is now at sixteenth position at the table, having just a point less than safely placed Roda, but also just a point more than rock bottom placed Den Haag. Away from home they have 1-3-8 record and it will be really hard for them to get something here.
Visitors will be playing most likely in 4-2-3-1 formation, with Hendriks as central striker and Antonia, Crowley and Manu as offensive midfielders. They won't be able to count at midfielder Chris David who anyway didn't perform so far, but also at right full back Lars Lambooij (6/0) and midfielder Tom Daemen (3/0) due injuries.
- Heerenveen are undefeated in their last 12 matches against Go Ahead Eagles.
- Heerenveen have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Go Ahead Eagles.
Heerenveen finally managed to get a victory after a run of six official matches without one and come here with a boosted morale. I don't see plenty of chances for the visiting side not only to walk away with something, but neither to actually stay competitive for the entire game.