Both teams are on an identical run of a draw and four losses in five league games, and they have both been poor this season.
However, the Tricolores coped relatively well with the threat posed by the league leaders in the first half and for the most part of the second, before they were blown away in the final 10 minutes.
As bad as Sunday's hosts have been in recent weeks, they can take solace from the fact that they are only four points from safety.
With 19 games of the season gone already, Emmen are still in search of their first league win, and they have managed to pick up only six points in total.
Given that they are already eight points adrift of safety, a defeat at the weekend could spell the end for Sunday's visitors in their quest to stay up.
As each defeat passes, it looks more likely to be a case of when and not if Dick Lukkien will finally be relieved of his duties after five years in charge.
If he does get sacked eventually, he can certainly look back on his time at De Oude Meerdijk with pride having led the club back into the Eredivisie four years ago.
His side put up a much-improved display against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday, but they were eventually undone in the final stages of the game, which they lost 2-0.
Willem II Eredivisie form: DLLDLL
Emmen Eredivisie form: LLLLDL
Emmen form (all competitions): LLLLDL
Jean-Pierre Rhyner is set for his Emmen debut after completing his loan move from FC Cartagena in the second division of Spanish football.
Willem will not be able to call upon Dries Saddiki for this one as he remains sidelined with a muscle tear.
It will be interesting to see the changes made by Gery Vink as he goes in search of a winning formula that his new side badly needs.
Willem II possible starting lineup:
Brondeel; Kohn, Peters, Heerkens, Owusu; Kohlert, Llonch, Spieringhs, Nunnely; Pavlidis, Okyere Wriedt
Emmen possible starting lineup:
Telgenkamp; Cavlan, Bakker, Veendorp, Van Rhijn; Bernadou, Tibbling, Pena; Ben Moussa, Avdijaj, De Leeuw
We say: Willem II 1-0 Emmen
A game against fellow strugglers represents a fantastic chance for either of the teams to pick up a victory, but Willem II have shown more substance over the course of the season, and they should be walking away with all three points in this one.