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Feb 27, 2021 at 8pm UK at Polman Stadion
HeraclesHeracles
2-2
FC TwenteFC Twente
Azzaoui (6'), Vloet (47')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Menig (13'), Danilo (50')

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

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

FC Twente and Heracles face off against each other on Saturday with only six points separating the sides in the Eredivisie table.

Both teams failed to win their respective league games last time out, and the game represents an opportunity to get back to winning ways.


Match preview

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

Twente played out an entertaining 2-2 draw versus Feyenoord on Sunday, in a game where they were unlucky not to have picked up all three points.

Ron Jans's men were 2-0 up inside 15 minutes courtesy of goals from Danilo and Tyronne Ebuehi, which were barely 60 seconds apart.

The Tukkers missed several chances to add to that lead before it was eventually wiped out by their opponents' only shots on target.

Next up for them is a trip away from home and, given their record on the road this season, they will fancy themselves to return to De Grolsch Veste with a point at least.

Heracles lost a second consecutive league game as they were humbled at the Mandemakers Stadion, where RKC Waalwijk claimed a 3-0 win on Sunday.

Frank Wormuth's men were beaten 2-0 by Ajax eight days before that which brought their four-game unbeaten run to an end, and they have now slipped to 11th place on the log.

However, the earlier mentioned run yielded 10 points from a possible 12, pulling the Heraclieden clear of any relegation trouble.

A repeat of last season's eighth-place finish is still achievable, but they must make up a six-point gap on Twente for that to happen.

Saturday's hosts have also won the last two meetings between the teams, and a third win in a row would be a good start to making up that deficit.

Heracles Eredivisie form: WDWWLL

FC Twente Eredivisie form: LDDLWD


Team News

Luka Ilic will miss the game as he serves the third of a three-game suspension following his sending-off at PSV Eindhoven three Saturdays ago.

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.

Heracles' Giacomo Quagliata has served his one-game suspension, and he is expected to return to the squad which should see Jeff Hardeveld drop back to the bench.

The home team will have to cope with the absence of Navajo Bakboord, who has not featured this season as he remains sidelined with a muscle injury.

Heracles possible starting lineup:
Blaswich; Quagliata, Propper, Rente, Breukers; Schoofs, Azzaoui, De La Torre; Van De Water, Vloet, Burgzorg

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


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We say: Heracles 1-2 FC Twente

The two sides are out of form at the moment so this could swing in any direction. However, we are leaning towards a Twente victory in this one albeit by a narrow margin.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax28233286206672
2PSV EindhovenPSV29187464303461
3AZ AlkmaarAZ29187466382861
4Vitesse29175746281856
5Feyenoord29159558292954
6Groningen2913793533246
7FC UtrechtUtrecht28111074536943
8Heracles29116123543-839
9FC Twente29910104240237
10Heerenveen29910103940-137
11Sparta RotterdamSparta2997134046-634
12Fortuna SittardSittard29104154052-1234
13PEC Zwolle29711113846-832
14RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk2968152744-1726
15Willem II2957173161-3022
16VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo2964193975-3622
17EmmenEmmen2949163058-2821
18ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag29210172264-4216

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