Zwolle vs Den Haag by Meese
Zwolle is having really good start in the new season, as the team currently holds fifth positiion, but are the only undefeated team after five rounds together with PSV and Ajax, two surely the strongest sides in the league. With three victories and two draws, they are already in the play-off zone and surely want to continue in a good way, aiming for European position in the end of the season. Home advantage have always been of great importance for their players, so no doubt that they aim to harvest most of the points in front of own fans, just as they aim another victory against poor travelers from Den Haag.
In the most recent game, Zwolle looked really impressive last weekend at home against Excelsior beating them with a 3:0 result. They made a strong start into the match, attacked from very first minute and had a double lead already in twenty-fifth minute with two goals from Veldwijk. Same players scored the third goal in 57th minute, as the team looked like complete ruler of the game losing couple of great chances to score few more goals, including a penalty missed by NIjland six minutes before the full time whistle.
Coach Ron Jans can't count at four players: Mustafa Saymak, Thanasis Karagounis, Max de Boom, all three without competitive football early in the season anyway, while they are also missing central defender Bart Schenkeveld (2/0). They did well in previous game and there is no reason for coach to change anything continuing with 4-2-3-1 formation and in-form Veldwijk at the top of attack.
Den Haag, on the other side, has only one victory for now in the new season, as the team won away from home against out of form Twente, but the rest of their matches can't bring many smiles for the club's officials. They are going into this match with two defeats, away from home against Ajax 4:0 which was completely deserved and expected, but also last weekend defeat against Heracles with a narrow 0:1 result.
Heracles started the season well, but there is no doubt that the hosts from Den Haag expected something more out of the match and that the two teams' rosters are more or less quite equal. Only goal was scored via Weghorst in 38th minute, when the visitors left the ball possession to their opponents, who tried to attack and held the ball - however, without any effectiveness in offensive lineup. Visitors continue to miss central defenders Wilfried Kanon (no performance this season), but also Timothy Derijck (2/0) and Tom Beugelsdijk (2/0). Offensive midfielder Mathias Gehrt is also sidelined with injury.
Zwolle have lost only one game at home out of previous nine, being actually quite a force in front of own fans. Having that in mind, but also complete teams' rosters and quality, I can't see anything but their rather convincing victory tonight.