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Groningen and FC Utrecht will look to claim a second straight win in the Eredivisie when they face off against each other at Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium on Saturday.
The duel has all the prerequisites for a close run, as the teams were neck and neck for most of the last season and were only three points and one place apart.
Prediction for this match
Utrecht won a clear 4-0 win in the league’s opening game against Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday at the Galgenwaard stadium.
Goals from Adam Maher, Mark van der Maarel, Anastasios Douvikas and Simon Gustafsson secured a convincing win for Rene hake‘s men.
The Domstedelingen currently occupy second place behind the reigning champions Ajax, who were the only team to win by a larger margin in the first week of the match.
The next step for them is a trip to a place where they are four games unbeaten in all competitions, with two wins and two draws each.
Overall, the guests on Saturday have not experienced a defeat in the last eight games against the hosts since the 1: 2 defeat four years ago.
Groningen left it too late to defeat promoted Cambuur in the season opener in the Eredivisie on Sunday, which ended 2-1.
The game went after part of the loot Robin Maulun had canceled Ahmed El Messaoudi‘s first goal in the first half, however Jörgen Strand Larsen had the last word when he got off the bench to score an injury winner.
Danny Buijs‘s men, carried by their late win last time, are now looking for another triumph, albeit this time against tougher opponents.
Given their current form on home soil, in which they have not suffered defeat in any of their last three games, the hosts have reason to believe on Saturday that they can emerge victorious this weekend.
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Reda Akmum is unavailable for guests as he continues his time on the sidelines with a knee injury sustained in February.
Tommy St. Jago In the away team’s last friendly against Fortuna, however, the 21-year-old defender had a knee problem and has not played since.
Nineteen year old Paulus Abraham His first appearance of the season is pending as he continues to care for an ankle injury.
Ramon-Pascal Lundqvist and Radionio Balker are currently struggling with muscle and Achilles tendon injuries and determine the duo of the game this weekend.
Groningen possible starting line-up:
Leeuwenburgh; Te Wierik, Kasanwirjo, Gudmundsson, El Hankouri; Dammers, Matusiwa, El Messaoudi; Ngonge, Larsen Beach, Suslov
FC Utrecht possible starting line-up:
Paes; Warmerdam, Janssen, Ter Avest, Benamar; Ramselaar, Holz, Maher; Kerk, Boussaid, Douvikas
Probability: Groningen 1-2 FC Utrecht
The teams are closely coordinated and any of them could end on all three points if they whistle after the finals. However, measured by their head-to-head balance, the visitors have a slight lead and we believe that they will carry the day.
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