On the other hand, Heerenveen's chances of a European finish currently lie in the balance, and there is no margin for error from here on out.
For the second game running, Emmen were on the receiving end of a 4-0 thrashing as Groningen ran out convincing winners when the sides met on Sunday.
Luckily for Emmen, none of the teams in and around them were able to capitalize on that defeat, leaving them still only a point from safety.
However, Thursday's hosts are running out of games to save themselves with just two fixtures left in the current campaign.
Emmen have already lost twice this term to the side they will be going up against next, and a third loss could spell the end of their top-flight status.
Heerenveen were involved in a share of the spoils for the second consecutive game as they played out a goalless draw versus Utrecht on Saturday.
Despite being under pressure for the majority of the clash, Johnny Jansen's men held on for what could turn out to be a crucial point for them.
De Superfriezen remain in 11th place on the log, four points adrift of Sparta Rotterdam in the race for the last European spot.
Thursday's visitors simply have to win all their matches, and hope that results elsewhere go their way with three teams currently ahead of them in the battle for eighth place.
The former scored a brace in the reverse fixture, and he will be looking to play a major role once again this weekend.
Luciano Carty is a major doubt for the home side with a shoulder problem which has kept him out of action for the past five months.
Emmen possible starting lineup:
Verrips; Cavlan, Bakker, Araujo, Bijl; Moussa, Vlak, Pena; Frei, Adzic, De Leeuw
Heerenveen possible starting lineup:
Mulder; Kaib, Van Hecke, Dresevic, Floranus; Kongolo, Schone, De Jong; Nygren, Van Bergen, Halilovic
We say: Emmen 2-1 Heerenveen
Emmen have it all do to if they are to keep fighting in a bid to stay up. They have stuttered in recent matches but were in good form prior to that. We are backing them to claim all three points, giving themselves a chance at redemption on the final day of the season.