Heerenveen vs Willem II by Meese
Heerenveen continued with generally poor performances away from home, as the team suffered 5:1 defeat against Ajax on the road last weekend. Even though the team took the lead, they actually had no chances to resist this time as the opponent is fighting for the title this time.
Ghoochannejhad brought them into the lead in eight minute, however response from home side was huge later on, as they reverted the scoreline with three goals inside the first halftime, via Viergever, De Ligt and Klaassen. Victory was sealed inside the second halftime thanks to goals from Dolberg (penalty kick) and Neres, with the guests being limited to completely defensive role and threatening very little. Coming back to their home ground, the target is now to bounce back with a positive performance, as the team still aims play-off, with the game being their last chance since they are five points behind seventh placed Twente.
Home team should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, with Larsson, Ghoochannejhad and Zeneli as forwards. Manager Jurgen Streppel will only be missing central defender Joost van Aken (26/1) for this one.
After three consecutive defeats in a row, against Utrecht, Den Haag and PSV, players of Utrecht reacted well last Sunday afternoon as the side won over Go Ahead Eagles 2:0. First halftime completely belonged to the visitors and it was a surprise not seeing them taking the lead, but completely different story was seen in the second halftime.
Players of Willem II looked much more concrete and moved the ball way better, especially being concrete towards the end of the game when they scored twice, in 72nd minute via Sol and ten minutes later via Schuurman. The team took the victory after a run of four winless matches, as the side keeps eleventh position now, eight points above play-out placed sides with just three rounds till the end of the regular part of the season.
Visitors are set to play in 4-3-3 formation as well, starting with Croux, Sol and Haye upfront. Right defender Guus Joppen (11/0) is injured, same as left back Derick Katuku (22/0), right back Freek Heerkens (14/0), midfielder Dico Koppers (17/2) and forward Bartholomew Ogbeche (14/1).
- SC Heerenveen have seen over 2.5 goals in 13 of their last 14 matches against Willem II.
- SC Heerenveen are undefeated in their last 14 home matches against Willem II.
Home team will be looking to bounce back from their huge defeat last weekend and I expect the hosts to respond here in manner. However, Willem II is far away from a naive side and with the team now being really close to secure the Eredivisie status for the next season, I see the team approaching this one a bit more relaxed. Something that should lead us to an overall open game.