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Oct 17, 2021 at 3.45pm UK at De Grolsch Veste
FC TwenteFC Twente
1-1
Willem IIWillem II
Limnios (6')
Zerrouki (33'), Sadilek (40')
Zerrouki (45+2')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Nunnely (24')
Kohn (33'), Okyere Wriedt (52')
Kohn (76')

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

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

FC Twente and Willem II draw the curtain on gameweek nine of the Eredivisie season with their meeting at the Grolsch Veste Stadium on Sunday.

Both teams have made a positive start to the campaign with the visitors currently in fourth place, while the home side are two places below in sixth.


Match preview

Fred Grim, now in charge of RKC Waalwijk, pictured in 2017© Reuters

Willem II were beaten away from home for the first time this season following a 3-2 defeat versus Heracles at the Erve Asito on October 2.

Fred Grim's men showed great resolve to come behind from two goals down thanks to Mats Kohlert and Max Svensson who cancelled out earlier strikes from Rai Vloet and Delano Burgzorg, only for Ismail Azzaoui to decide the game in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

As a result, the Superkruiken have lost ground on a couple of teams in and around, but they remain just three points off the top of the table.

Lying in store next for the Tilburg-based club is a clash versus an opposing side who have come out on top in 11 of the last 20 meetings dating back to 2008.

After seeing their six-game unbeaten streak come to an end last time out, Sunday's visitors go in search of an immediate response to lift the mood once again.

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

Twente were denied a fifth straight victory following a 1-1 stalemate versus Groningen at the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium two Fridays ago.

Ron Jans's men fell behind as early as the eighth minute to Cyril Ngonge's opener but drew level half an hour into the second period through Manfred Ugalde.

Off the back of one point from their first three games, the Tukkers have now picked up 13 of the subsequent 15 available and have surged up the log consequently.

They remain the only team to have denied Ajax all three points on home turf and will be confident of picking up another feather in the cap in front of their fans.

FC Twente Eredivisie form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

Willem II Eredivisie form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L



Team News

Wesley Spieringhs and Freek Heerkens continue to battle with knee injuries and are both unavailable for their side's trip to Enschede this weekend.

Leeroy Owusu made his return to action last time out, but first-choice goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter remains without an appearance since the opening day due to injury.

Twente's duo of Vaclav Cerny and Jody Lukoki remain sidelined with long-term knee injuries and will both miss the visit of Willem II this weekend.

The home side will also have to make do with the absence of 21-year-old defender Kik Pierie who has been nursing a back problem since April.

FC Twente possible starting lineup:
Unnerstall; Sadilek, Hilgers, Propper, Everink; Brama, Zerrouki, Vlap; Rots, Van Wolfswinkel, Limnios

Willem II possible starting lineup:
Wellenreuther; Owusu, Jenssen, Bergstrom, Kohn; Saglam, Saddiki, Llonch; Kohlert, Okyere Wriedt, Nunnely


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We say: FC Twente 2-1 Willem II

After a rough start to the season, Twente have turned a corner in recent weeks and now have an opportunity to move ahead of Willem II, who have been superb since the opening weekend. We expect a close and entertaining contest with a narrow victory for the home side at the end of the 90 minutes.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax1410314324133
2Feyenoord14102233141932
3PSV EindhovenPSV14101334211331
4FC UtrechtUtrecht1482429161326
5Cambuur148062629-324
6Vitesse147251421-723
7FC Twente146442018222
8Go Ahead Eagles146261823-520
9NEC145451922-319
10Heerenveen145361721-418
11Willem II145361623-718
12AZ AlkmaarAZ135262319417
13Groningen144551620-417
14Heracles144281520-514
15RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk142661422-812
16Sparta RotterdamSparta142481121-1010
17Fortuna SittardSittard132381532-179
18PEC Zwolle141211726-195

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