Willem II comes from a 2:2 draw against Feyenoord last weekend, as the side remained undefeated in last seven matches, having three victories in the progress. The game was generally balanced one and sharing of points was completely fair this time. Guests took the lead in 30th minute, but the hosts managed to overthrow the result with goals in 37th and 70th minute, just to see Feyenoord equalizing eight minutes before the final whistle.
Coach Jurgen Streppel has said that he was satisfied with the final result, which he believed it was fair. He hopes also that the team still have a chance in getting the play-off ticket, as the players of Zwolle have already secured the Europa League ticket following due Cup competition. No doubt that the team is having rather nice season this time, as they usually were candidates in a relegation battle. They have been also very competitive on their own field, so there is no doubt that the team aims another three pointer, as they remain undefeated in home matches after the Winter break. Central defender Dries Wujtens (29/2) is back into the team, while doubtful remains quality offensive player and their top goalscorer Samuel Armenteros (26/9).
Groningen comes from two important victories, firstly taken in a home game against Excelsior 3:0 in a Cup competition and second one, winning over Cambuur also at home with a 3:2 result last weekend. The team took the lead already in first minute, but were overthrown with goals in six and twenty-eight minute, however managed to re-group themselves.
It took a while for them to recover, but the team equalized in 56th thank to great individual effort from Tibbling, while they got the three points eight minutes before the final whistle via van der Velden, who exploited serious mistake from visiting side. Coach was more than happy after the game, saying that it was a wonderful week for the team and by congratulating to his players. The team now has two ways to qualify for European League for the second consecutive season. Important winger Jarchinio Antonia (23/1) is back in the team, while sidelined remain Nick Bakker and Tom Hiariej both being injured.
This will be a very crucial game for both teams in a fight for the last play-off ticket. Difficult to predict, but there is no doubt that the game will be very open, with both teams searching the three pointer and being very offensive.
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