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After her triumph in last year’s Eerste Divisie, Cambuur Start major league life by visiting Groningen on Sunday to the Cambuur Stadium.
Meanwhile, the away team are starting the new season with the wind in their sails, having achieved their best result in a decade last season.
Prediction for this match
Groningen drew goalless against Venezia in the final pre-season game on Friday at Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium.
Playing at home for the second time in seven games Danny Buijs‘s men found no way past a determined rearguard.
With three wins and two draws, the Green-White Army celebrated a decent preparation for the season, while they suffered defeats against SC Verl and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
After reaching the Conference League playoffs in the 2020/21 season, where they lost to Utrecht, the guests have their sights set on a return to the continental game for the first time since 2016.
Her first task is against a newly promoted Cambuur who has not beaten her in any of the last four matches in any competitions between the teams.
Cambuur accumulated an impressive 92 points from 38 games and stormed to the title of the Eerste Divisie and secured his promotion with four games remaining.
Henk de JongThe men ended their five-year absence in style, scoring a total of 109 goals, at least 30 more than any other team in the league.
The Yellow-Blue played only three games in preparation – a 6-0 win against SC Telstar, followed by a narrow 2-1 defeat against PEC Zwolle, before a 2-2 draw against Waasland on Saturday -Beveren gave.
Saturday’s hosts were near perfect in the second division on their home turf, and a replay at the highest level would go a long way towards avoiding their disastrous 2016 season in which they finished last.
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Radionio Balker will be excluded from the competition on Sunday as he continues to suffer a knee injury that he sustained in the unsuccessful play-off charge while serving for the former club Almere City.
Belgian starlet Cyril Ngonge is expected to make his competitive debut after moving from RKC Waalwijk last month.
After scoring 38 times for Cambuur last season, Robert Muhren‘s departure left a huge gap in the goal Sam Henriks was brought to fill out.
Although it’s not a guaranteed starter for the hosts, David Sambissa signed a new contract in the summer and extended his stay for one year with the option for another.
Cambuur possible starting line-up:
Stevens; Sambissa, Schouten, MacIntosh, Schmidt; Breij, Hoedemakers, Maukun; Paulissen, Kallon, Hendriks
Groningen possible starting line-up:
Leeuwenburgh; Te Wierik, Dammers, Sverko; Suslov, Matusiwa, El Messaoudi, El Hankouri; Ngonge, Larsen Beach, Joosten
Probability: Cambuur 1-1 Groningen
Judging by their previous encounters, there is little choice between the teams before this one. We expect a tight and caged affair with some of the loot at the end of the 90 minutes.
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