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Mar 6, 2021 at 5.45pm UK at De Grolsch Veste
FC TwenteFC Twente
1-1
Willem IIWillem II
Bosch (64')
Roemeratoe (40'), Bosch (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Pavlidis (81')

Preview: FC Twente vs. Willem II - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Eredivisie clash between FC Twente and Willem II, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Having given their hopes of staying up a real boost with four points from the last two league games, Willem II travel to the Grolsch Veste Stadium on Saturday to take on FC Twente.

The home side have fallen off the pace in the race for a European finish after winning just two of their 10 league games since the turn of the year.


Match preview

Ron Jans, now in charge of FC Twente, pictured in September 2019© Reuters

Twente were involved in a 2-2 draw for the second game running as they were held by Heracles Almelo on Saturday at the Erve Asito.

Ron Jans's men fell behind twice, but they fought back on both occasions through goals from Queensy Menig and Danilo to secure a point.

The Tukkers have moved above Utrecht into seventh place on the log, following the latter's loss to Emmen in the last round of matches.

However, they remain eight points behind Feyenoord in the battle for fifth spot, and with just 10 games left to play, they face an uphill task of securing a spot in next season's Europa League.

Saturday's hosts head into the clash with a chance to complete a league double over their visitors, who were beaten 3-0 in October's reverse fixture.

Coming off the back of heavy defeats to Utrecht and Feyenoord, Willem II have bounced back in style, picking up four points from the subsequent two games.

Zeljko Petrovic's men claimed their first league triumph away from home this term with a 2-0 win at the Het Kasteel on Sunday.

Mike Tresor was the star of the show, supplying a goal and an assist en route to a relatively comfortable victory for his side.

The Tricolores have now moved within five points of safety, and things are looking up for them as the season enters into its last knockings.

FC Twente Eredivisie form: DDLWDD

Willem II Eredivisie form: LWLLDW


Team News

The duo of Julio Pleguezuelo and Vaclav Cerny picked up season-ending knee injuries over the course of the last month, and are unavailable for this one.

Following his leveller last time out, Danilo is now up to 13 Eredivisie goals in his first season as a regular starter, and he will back himself to still add to that already impressive tally.

Willem's Dries Saddiki will not play a part in this one as he steps up his recovery from a muscle tear which he sustained over five weeks ago.

Joining him on the list of absentees for the visitors is Miquel Nelom, whose season has been prematurely ended with a knee injury.

Freek Heerkens will also miss the game as he remains out with a thigh injury through which he has missed his side's last seven games.

FC Twente possible starting lineup:
Drommel; Dumic, Pierie, Pleguezuelo, Smal; Zerrouki, Roemeratoe, Bosch; Menig, Danilo, Van Leeuwen

Willem II possible starting lineup:
Brondeel; Kohn, Peters, Holmen, Owusu; Kohlert, Selahi, Spieringhs, Nunnely; Pavlidis, Okyere Wriedt


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We say: FC Twente 2-1 Willem II

The visitors have undeniably improved their performances in recent weeks as they seek to stay afloat. That being said, we are backing the home team to carry the day, and put a dent in the away side's survival hopes.



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