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The Eerste Divisie fixture at Yanmar Stadion on Sunday will see hosts Almere City take on De Graafschap.
All Almere City v De Graafschap match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below - as well as the best betting odds.
Almere City will be wanting a better result here following a 3-2 Eerste Divisie loss in their previous game against FC Volendam.
In that game, Almere City had 45% possession and 14 shots at goal with 5 on target. For Almere City, the scorers were Maarten Pouwels (31') and Daniël Breedijk (91'). FC Volendam had 14 shots at goal with 7 on target. Robert Mühren (9', 53') and Martijn Kaars (73') scored for FC Volendam.
At least three goals per match were recorded in 5 of the past 6 meetings where Almere City have played. Opposition teams scored 13 of them in this period while Almere City bagged a total of 14.
Looking at their past form shows that Almere City:
- have not been beaten in the league by De Graafschap in their last 2 games.
- are without a home win in the past 2 league matches.
De Graafschap head into the meeting following on from a 0-3 Eerste Divisie win in the defeat of FC Oss in their most recent outing.
In that game, De Graafschap had 50% possession and 14 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. For De Graafschap, the scorers were Johnatan Opoku (54') and Devin Haen (84', 86'). On the other side, FC Oss had 10 shots on goal with 3 of them on target.
In a total of 5 out of the previous 6 clashes featuring De Graafschap, at least three goals have gone in. The overall average goals scored per match within that time is 3.17, with the number of goals averaged by De Graafschap being 1.83. That kind of pattern won’t necessarily be carried forward into this next game, however.
Head to head
Checking on their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 17/05/2018 tells us that Almere City have won 1 of these games & De Graafschap 2, with the tally of drawn results standing at 3.
In all, 12 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 5 for De Zwarte Schapen and 7 netted by Superboeren. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.
The previous league match between these sides was Eerste Divisie match day 35 on 23/04/2021 which finished with the scoreline of De Graafschap 2-2 Almere City.
On that day, De Graafschap managed 41% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The goals were scored by Elmo Lieftink (3') and Jesse Schuurman (95').
For their opponents, Almere City had 11 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Sørensen (45') and Thomas Verheijdt (59') scored.
The referee was Martin van den Kerkhof.
Team News: Almere City
Oussama Bouyaghlafen (Knock), Guillermo Gauna (Knock), Faris Hammouti (Groin Injury) and Tim Receveur (Hamstring Injury) are not available for Almere City manager Gertjan Verbeek. Suspended players who are serving a ban for this game are Stijn Keller and Michael Woud.
Team News: De Graafschap
De Graafschap boss Reinier Robbemond has multiple availability issues to deal with. Hamza Bouihrouchane (Minor Knock), Mees Kaandorp (Knock), Danny Verbeek (Shoulder Injury), Guus Vaags (Fibula Fracture) and Jasper Van Heertum (Knee Problems) are not able to play. Players who are serving a ban and are therefore ineligible to play are Jeffry Fortes, Philip Brittijn and Devin Haen.
Our thinking is that Almere City are capable enough to put one past this De Graafschap side, but a single goal isn’t likely to prevent defeat.
Therefore, we’re predicting a very close game with a 1-2 winning margin for De Graafschap at the end of the 90 minutes. Should be an interesting one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Yanmar Stadion (4,500)
Chairman: John Bes
Manager: Gertjan Verbeek
Competitions: Eerste Divisie position 16
🔑 Star Player: Lance Duijvestijn
Regularly playing in the Centre Midfield position, Lance Duijvestijn was born in Netherlands. After making a first senior appearance for NEC in the 2018 - 2019 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has managed 3 league goals in the Eerste Divisie 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 9 appearances.