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Sep 18, 2021 at 5.45pm UK at Koning Willem II Stadion
Willem IIWillem II
2-1
GroningenGroningen
Okyere Wriedt (5'), Saddiki (24')
Saddiki (7'), Llonch (54'), Okyere Wriedt (66')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Suslov (61')
van Hintum (19'), Ngonge (68')

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

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

Looking to end a barren run of three games without a victory, Groningen travel to Tilburg for their clash against Willem II on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the home side are looking to return to winning ways after dropping points for the first time since the opening weekend last time out.


Match preview

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

Willem II showed great resolve to force a share of the spoils in their match versus newcomers NEC Nijmegen at the Stadion de Goffert on Sunday.

Despite playing the majority of the contest a man down, Fred Grim's men repelled everything that was thrown at them to secure a hard-fought point.

The Tricolores have responded superbly to an opening-day defeat, amassing seven of the subsequent nine points to sit fifth on the log going into this weekend's tie.

Saturday's hosts, who are also yet to concede in any of their last three matches since shipping four against Feyenoord, now look set for a more productive campaign after narrowly escaping relegation last time out.

Groningen were made to wait for their first home victory of the 2021-22 campaign following a 1-1 stalemate versus Heerenveen on Sunday.

Danny Buijs's men trailed to Tibor Halilovic's 19th-minute strike at half time before drawing level through Cyril Ngonge midway through the second period.

The Pride of the North are in 10th place at the moment following an inconsistent start to the new season, where they have picked up five points from the opening four games.

Going up against an opposing side who the last 18 meetings with have yielded five wins apiece and eight draws, Saturday's visitors are faced with another stern test in their bid to turn a corner.

However, after coming out on top in both of last season's league meetings, Groningen will be confident of recording another positive result once again.

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

Willem II form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

Groningen Eredivisie form:
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • D

Groningen form (all competitions):
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • D



Team News

Joel Brondeel was shown a straight red card in Willem II's last outing versus NEC, and he will serve the first of a three-game suspension in this one.

Connor van den Berg made six saves after coming on for Brondeel in the aforementioned match and is expected to keep his place between the sticks.

Groningen's Radinio Balker is yet to return from a cruciate ligament injury and still awaits his debut since his summer move from NEC Nijmegen.

The away side will also be without the services of Dutch defender Mike te Wierik, who was sent off for two bookable offences last time out.

Willem II possible starting lineup:
Van den Berg; Owusu, Jenssen, Heerkens, Kohn; Saglam, Saddiki, Llonch; Kohlert, Okyere Wriedt, Nunnely

Groningen possible starting lineup:
Leeuwenburgh; Postema, Kasanwirjo, Gudmundsson, El Hankouri, Dammers; Matusiwa, Ngonge, Suslov; Strand Larsen, De Leeuw


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We say: Willem II 1-1 Groningen

The home side have the upper hand coming into the game due to their recent run of results and will fancy themselves to secure all three points in this one. However, we are tipping Groningen to come away with a point in what should be an enthralling affair.



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1Ajax108113723525
2PSV EindhovenPSV107032217521
3FC UtrechtUtrecht1062221111020
4Feyenoord961225131219
5Willem II105321412218
6Vitesse105141017-716
7FC Twente104331613315
8NEC104241217-514
9Heerenveen104151216-413
10Go Ahead Eagles104151319-613
11AZ AlkmaarAZ94051915412
12Cambuur104061825-712
13RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk102441315-210
14Heracles93151115-410
15Groningen102441015-510
16Fortuna SittardSittard9234917-89
17Sparta RotterdamSparta10145818-107
18PEC Zwolle10118417-134

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