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Dec 5, 2020 at 5.45pm UK at Fortuna Sittard Stadion
SittardFortuna Sittard
3-2
Willem IIWillem II
Semedo (9'), Polter (29' pen.), Flemming (44')
Rota (33')
FT(HT: 3-0)
Pavlidis (66'), van der Heijden (87')
Heerkens (63'), Llonch (75')
Llonch (88')

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

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

Fortuna Sittard are set to welcome Willem II this Saturday, with the hosts still winless in their opening 10 games in the Eredivisie.

Willem II, meanwhile, are also experiencing a hugely disappointing start to the 2020-21 season, having managed just two wins so far, despite reaching the Europa League qualifiers last term.


Match preview

Adrie Koster, now in charge of Willem II, pictured in 2011© Reuters

Sittard currently find themselves in the relegation zone, with goal difference the only factor separating them and bottom-place FC Emmen as they head into Saturday's clash.

Sjors Ultee's men have suffered seven defeats already this campaign, along with three draws, with their latest league result ending in a 2-0 loss against high-flying Vitesse.

The two goals came from Oussama Darfalou and Armando Broja, with Thomas Letsch's team able to claim a comfortable victory last Sunday.

Ultee will be desperate to pick up at least a point this weekend, hoping to end his team's two-match losing streak.

However, it is worth noting that Sittard currently have the second worst defence in the league, conceding 27 goals in just 10 games.

On the other hand, Willem II currently occupy 14th place in the table - just five points above their opponents.

Their previous league result saw a 1-0 loss away at Groningen, with Ahmed El Messaoudi scoring the only goal of the game.

This means that Adrie Koster's men have lost two of their last three league outings, with the visitors yet to win on the road this season.

In fact, their last away win came in January earlier this year, when Willem II managed a 3-1 win against AZ Alkmaar in the 2019-20 season.

The last time these two teams met was back in December last year, however neither side was able to find the back of the net, with the league game ending in a 0-0 draw.

Fortuna Sittard Eredivisie form: LLDLLD
Fortuna Sittard form (all competitions): LLDLWL

Willem II Eredivisie form: LWLLDL


Team News

Sittard coach Ultee, who was placed in charge after Kevin Hofland was sacked last month, is expected to have a fully fit squad for the game on Saturday.

Zian Flemming, who has netted three goals and provided two assists this season, is expected to retain his place in the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Willem II will be without Kwasi Okyere Wriedt, with the Ghanaian currently nursing a foot injury he picked up in a pre-season friendly.

Both Robbin Ruiter and Dries Saddiki are also doubtful for the match against Sittard, while Derrick Kohn is expected to return to the side after his two-match ban.

Fortuna Sittard possible starting lineup:
Osch; Angha, Rienstra, Janssen, Cox; Flemming, Tekie, Smeets; Hansson, Polter, Seuntjens

Willem II possible starting lineup:
Brondeel; Owusu, Van der Heijden, Peters, Kohn; Saglam, Llonch, Ndayishimiye; Nunnely, Pavlidis, Gladon


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We say: Fortuna Sittard 1-2 Willem II

Sittard have been relatively promising going forward, with the hosts able to score in five of their last six league games. However, Willem II should have just enough quality to pick up a narrow win, with Koster desperate to climb back up the table.


Top betting tip

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How you voted: Sittard vs Willem II

Fortuna Sittard
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Draw
22.5%
Willem II
50.0%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax17132258134541
2Vitesse17122331131838
3PSV EindhovenPSV17114241192237
4Feyenoord17105232131935
5AZ AlkmaarAZ1797141251634
6Groningen179442521431
7FC Twente178453324928
8Heerenveen175752526-122
9Sparta RotterdamSparta176382830-221
10FC UtrechtUtrecht174942224-221
11PEC Zwolle184862027-720
12Fortuna SittardSittard175482534-919
13Heracles175391928-918
14VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo174492745-1816
15RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk173591529-1414
16Willem II1824122139-1810
17ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag1724111641-2510
18EmmenEmmen1705121745-285

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