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The Eerste Divisie tie at Yanmar Stadion on Friday will see hosts Almere City playing against opponents NEC.
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Almere City will be hoping for a better result following a 2-0 Eerste Divisie loss in their previous game against MVV.
In that game, Almere City had 59% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 5 on target. For their opponents, MVV had 9 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Sven Blummel (73') and Joy-Lance Mickels (82') scored for MVV.
It’s been seldom in recent games that Almere City have shown defensive steel. In fact, De Zwarte Schapen have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 8 goals along the way. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether that trend shall be maintained in this next game.
Analysis of their past results shows that Almere City:
- are unbeaten in the league by NEC in their last 2 matches.
- are undefeated in their last 2 league matches at home.
Following on from being defeated in their last game at the hands of FC Oss in Eerste Divisie action, NEC and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, NEC managed 64% possession and 20 attempts at goal with 7 on target. The only player to score for NEC was Elayis Tavsan (3'). At the other end, FC Oss had 16 shots on goal with 9 on target. Rick Stuy van den Herik (74') and Mart Remans (80') scored for FC Oss.
A run of accomplished displays by the NEC defenders has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 4 from their previous 6 fixtures overall. During the same period, their own attack force has managed to score 18.
Ahead of this clash, NEC are winless against Almere City when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league games.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head clashes dating back to 18/08/2017 tells us that Almere City have won 4 of these games and NEC 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 0.
A combined sum of 21 goals were scored between them in this period, with 9 for De Zwarte Schapen and 12 for NEC. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
The last league fixture featuring these clubs was Eerste Divisie match day 4 on 20/09/2020 which ended up with the score at NEC 0-1 Almere City.
The match was refereed by Kevin Blom.
Team News: Almere City
Xian Emmers (Minor Knock), Anass Ahannach (Knock), Thibaut Lesquoy (Corona virus) and Bram van Vlerken (Ankle Injury) are unavailable for Almere City boss Jeroen Rijsdijk.
Team News: NEC
Due to a mostly available group, there is only the one fitness problem for the NEC manager Rogier Meijer to contend with. Rens van Eijden (Ankle Injury) misses out for this game.
When taking all factors into account, NEC are dangerous enough to put a goal past this Almere City lineup, although that is unlikely to prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We can see a 2-1 advantage for Almere City at full-time. Let’s see what eventuates.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Yanmar Stadion (4,500)
Captain: Damon Mirani
Chairman: John Bes
Manager: Jeroen Rijsdijk
Competitions: Eerste Divisie position 4
⭐ Key Player: Thomas Verheijdt
Usually deployed in the Striker position, Thomas Verheijdt was born in Den Haag, Netherlands. Having played his first senior match for MVV in the 2015 - 2016 season, the gifted Forward has scored a sum of 17 league goals in the Eerste Divisie 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 29 appearances.