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Jan 24, 2021 at 1.30pm UK at De Grolsch Veste
FC TwenteFC Twente
0-1
VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo

Zerrouki (43'), Danilo (77')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Hunte (78')
van Crooy (69')

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

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

VVV-Venlo travel to face FC Twente at the Grolsch Veste Stadium on Sunday, hoping to make it four consecutive league games without a defeat.

On the other hand, Twente are looking to avoid going three league games without a victory for the first time this season.


Match preview

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

Twente threw away a two-goal lead in last Sunday's trip to Groningen, which finished 2-2 at the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium.

Ron Jans's men were in control at half time, seemingly on their way to victory, before their hosts put up a remarkable second-half display which earned them a point.

The Tukkers missed the chance to go above Groningen in the Eredivisie table, but there is little time to dwell on that as they prepare for the visit of VVV.

Twente will be looking to complete a league double over Venlo, having beaten them 2-1 last December.

Saturday's visitors have pulled six points away from relegation danger in recent weeks, after picking up seven points from the last nine on offer.

Relinquishing a lead in the 89th minute as they did last Sunday against Heerenveen would have been a huge disappointment, but Hans De Koning's men bounced back to book a place in the last eight of the KNVB-Beker four days later by defeating Go Ahead Eagles.

Moving ahead, Venlose Trots will need to rectify their defensive malaise, which has seen them concede the joint-most goals in the Eredivisie this season.

They are still the only team in the league yet to keep a clean sheet, and something needs to change if they are to avoid getting sucked into another relegation scramble.

FC Twente Eredivisie form: LWLWLD

VVV-Venlo Eredivisie form: LLLWWD
VVV-Venlo form (all competitions): LLWWDW


Team News

Twente have been badly hit with injuries over the course of the last week as three players who started in the loss to Ajax last Thursday are now unavailable.

Vaclav Cerny played only eight minutes of the game, before he was substituted due to what has now been confirmed as a season-ending knee injury.

Tyronne Ebuehi and Jayden Oosterwolde were also forced off in the subsequent game at Groningen with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively, which will keep them out of action for about a month.

Evert Linthorst is VVV's only absentee for the game, as he picked up a knock in his side's KNVB-Beker triumph in midweek.

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

VVV-Venlo possible starting lineup:
Kirschbaum; Guwara, Da Graca, Gelmi, Dekker; Machach, Janssen, Post; John, Giakoumakis, Roemer


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We say: FC Twente 2-0 VVV-Venlo

VVV have been all over the place defensively this season, and that has cost them games more often than not. They have tightened up to some extent in recent weeks, but we can still see them letting in enough goals to lose this one.


Top betting 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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