Roda vs Willem II by Meese
After three matches without defeat, actually two victories in front of own fans against Sparta and Zwolle and a draw on the road to AZ Alkmaar, Roda didn't manage to stay undefeated last time out away from home two weeks ago, as the team suffered narrow 1:0 defeat to Utrecht.
First halftime was quite passive from both sides, while the second one got much more open and in a much better offensive game, players of Utrecht reacted better and sealed the victory with a goal from Labyad in 87th minute. WIth two rounds till the end, Roda stands just above the relegation zone, having two points more than play-out placed Sparta Rotterdam and needs a victory badly here.
Central defender Frederic Ananou (17/0), midfielders Nathan Rutjes (5/0) and Ognjen Gnjatic (7/0) and forwards Simon Church (4/0) and Athanasios Papazoglou (10/1) are injured and won't be playing here.
Willem II, on the other side, didn't look that well last time out when the team visited Heerenveen and stood defeated with a narrow 1:0 result two weeks ago. Players of Heerenveen completely domainted the match, from first till last moment and completely deservedly took the victory.
Only goal was scored in 40th minute via Larsson, while the final outcome would probably be even bigger margin victory of the home side, since the players of Willem II did close to nothing in attack and stood very passively, without much of passion in their play. The side is safe at the table, having eight points more than relegating worried teams with just two rounds till the end.
Visiting coach Erwin van de Looi is without number of players, including: right defenders Freek Heerkens (14/0), Guus Joppen (11/0), left defenders Derick Kataku Tshimanga (22/0), Dico Koppers (17/2) and forward Bartholomew Ogbeche (14/1).
- Willem II have failed to score in their last 3 away matches (Eredivisie).
- Roda have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches against Willem II.
Competitive motive should be playing huge role in this one and I'm sure the game will be all about that. Alternative, Roda have been anyway playing way better in front of own fans in recent weeks, while Willem II looks poor on the road, surely already being with their minds on vacation.