Twente vs Groningen by Meese
Twente comes from fourth consecutive victory last weekend, since the team managed to get a three pointer in front of own fans against Cambuur 3:0. They were better from the first moment, being much more concrete with the ball to their feet and in all offensive tasks, despite the fact that the players of Cambuur had a bit more of the (meaningless) ball possession.
Hosts took the lead with an own goal in 27th minute, just to double up the lead four minutes later via Cabral. Ziyech sealed their victory in last moments of the game from the penalty kick, once again proving their efficiency in front of opponents goal. After four consecutive victories, fifth in seven matches since the re-start of the league, Twente now completely detached from the relegation zone, being currently at thirteenth position with nine points more than relegating placed Excelsior. Hosts should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Azzouzi as number nine, Cabral, Ziyech and Ede as his offensive support. Goalkeeper Sonny Stevens (no performance yet this season), left full back Robbert Schilder (15/0), central defender Georgios Katsikas (3/0), left back Stefan Thesker (1/0) and forward Jari Oosterwijk (14/3) are the only players missing for coach Rene Hake, as the team tries to get their fifth consecutive victory in Eredivisie, something they didn't do in previous few years.
Groningen, on the other side, couldn't do much more in their visit to in-form AZ Alkmaar, as the hosts took completely deserved 4:1 victory. However, the team didn't leave so poor impression is the final scores says, still they had way too many defensive gaps and simply can't afford to have so many defensive mistakes.
Players of AZ entered the game strongly and had the double lead already after the first halftime, even missing a penalty during it, continuing in the same manner at the start of the second, while guests only temporarily reduced from the penalty kick in 51st minute. It was their second consecutive defeat, since the team lost in front of own fans against Ajax in previous game. They are now in the middle of the table, having three points less than play-off placed Feyenoord and still with a chance of getting the play-off ticket that might bring them European position further on. Visitors will probably be lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Soerloth as striker and Rusnak, Leeuw and Drost as offensive midfielders. Forward Dino Islamovic (no performance anyway this season) continues to be injured, same as forward Mimoun Mahi (14/5), offensive midfielders Jarchinio Antonia (16/0) and Bryan Linssen (23/3), left backs Abdel Tamata (12/0) and Lorenzo Burnet (10/1).
Twente is certainly in a good form at the moment and I don't see players of Groningen stopping them now. They've been too unreliable in previous weeks and Twente should overpower them, since the hosts really look rock solid at the back and are in-form in offensive part of the team.