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Feb 28, 2021 at 1.30pm UK at Euroborg
GroningenGroningen
1-0
SittardFortuna Sittard
Abraham (50')
El Hankouri (29'), Schreck (34'), Buijs (35'), Dammers (90+2')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Preview: Groningen vs. Fortuna Sittard - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Eredivisie clash between Groningen and Fortuna Sittard, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

In search of a third consecutive league win, Fortuna Sittard visit the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium on Sunday to face off against Groningen.

Three places and eight points currently separate the sides in the Eredivisie table, so this has all the makings of an even contest.


Match preview

In their game against Feyenoord on Wednesday, Groningen were held to a draw for the second time in three days following a 1-1 draw against Heerenveen on Sunday.

Danny Buijs's men were on the back foot for most of the game, but they held on to secure a point which keeps them firmly in the race for fourth spot.

Sergio Padt was excellent in goal, making a host of crucial saves to keep his side in the game on a day when they were uncharacteristically fragile at the back.

With four of the five teams above them set to be involved in games against one another this weekend, Trots van het Noorden have the chance to make up some ground on whoever drops points.

A win for Sunday's hosts would also complete a league double over their visitors, who they beat 3-1 in October's reverse fixture.

Fortuna Sittard's 2-0 win over ADO Den Haag on Saturday was their second in a row, and the fourth in the last five games.

Sebastian Polter was on the scoresheet for the second game running, and he is now up to eight league goals in his debut season in Dutch football.

Sjors Ultee's men have often had an all-or-nothing approach to games since the turn of the year, so it is no surprise that none of their nine league games in 2021 has ended in a draw.

In stark contrast to last season, Fortunezen are not involved in a relegation scrap this time around, and they are well placed to record their highest league finish since regaining promotion in 2018.

Groningen Eredivisie form: LWLWDD

Fortuna Sittard Eredivisie form: LWWLWW


Team News

Groningen's Azor Matusiwa is ruled out of the game with a damaged knee which he sustained against Vitesse, but he is not far off a return to action.

The hosts could be set to welcome back Patrick Joosten, who is in line to make his comeback from injury, following his recovery from an ankle problem.

Fortuna are set to be without Yanick van Osch for the game after he pulled up with a shoulder problem in the final seven minutes against Den Haag.

Alexei Koselev came on to replace him in the aforementioned match, and he is in line for his first league start since gameweek six.

Groningen possible starting lineup:
Padt; Gudmundsson, Van Hintum, Itakura, Angel Leal; Lundqvist, Van Kaam, Da Cruz; Suslov, Strand Larsen, El Hankouri

Fortuna Sittard possible starting lineup:
Koselev; Cox, Tirpan, Angha, Rota; Hansson, Rienstra, Tekie, Semedo; Seuntjens, Flemming


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We say: Groningen 2-1 Fortuna Sittard

Groningen have often had the better of this fixture in recent meetings, and we fancy them to keep that trend going against a Fortuna side who should push them all the way.



Top tip

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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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