Heracles vs Groningen by Meese
After three consecutive matches without a victory in Eredivisie, Heracles responded with way better performance last weekend as they welcomed Venlo and cruised to a convincing 3:0 victory in probably their best performance overall this season so far.
It was very open game from both sides, with the visiting team also having fair amount of chances, but the victory was completely deserved for the players of Heracles who were way more concrete and took the double lead within five minutes, as Kuwas opened the scoreline in 35th and Peterson added second goal five minutes later. Same player sealed the victory in 69th minute, as Heracles now stands at eleventh position, having just two points less than play-off placed sides and can be decently satisfied with their performances after ten rounds.
Midfielder Sebastian Jakubiak (no performance so far) and left back Bart van Hintum (6/0) are both injured and out. Midfielder Lerin Duarte (6/0) and forward Brahim Darri (8/0) both have a chance to recover in time for the match.
Groningen, for now, have been pretty much big disappointment in the season as the side counts only two victories in first ten rounds and are sharing the play-out position with couple of other teams, at the same time having just two points more than rock bottom placed Roda. Also, they are having three defeats in last four rounds, being without a victory in last five official matches.
In the most recent game last weekend, the side lost to Sparta Rotterdam 2:1 away from home, but needs to be said that the side didn't play that bad and could have earned more positive result on some other day. Still, they weren't that efficient in attack, and need to be more concrete, since they managed to temporarily level up the result in first halftime via Reis, but have had plenty of initiative in the second halftime however without a goal scoring. They should have no fresh injury worries for this one.
Having in mind how Groningen plays on the road and in attack recently (they have all four losses away from home), I can't see them escaping with something. Heracles is more concrete and simply better side than Sparta for example and the players of Groningen will really need to show something special, something they didn't so far on the road in order to stay undefeated.