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The Eerste Divisie meeting at Stadion De Vijverberg on Friday sees hosts De Graafschap take on Excelsior.
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De Graafschap will be hoping to bounce back here following the 2-1 Eerste Divisie defeat last time out to Jong AZ.
In that match, De Graafschap managed 54% possession and 17 shots on goal with 7 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for De Graafschap was Elmo Lieftink (48'). Jong AZ got 7 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Peer Koopmeiners (13') and Yusuf Barasi (61') scored for Jong AZ.
Over their prior six fixtures, Reinier Robbemond's De Graafschap have hit the target a combined total of 8 times - an average number of goals per match equal to 1.33.
Coming into this clash, De Graafschap haven't lost in the league to Excelsior in their previous 3 matches.
Excelsior go into this game following on from a 3-1 Eerste Divisie win over FC Dordrecht in their previous fixture.
In that match, Excelsior managed 56% possession and 18 shots at goal with 8 on target. For Excelsior, goals were scored by Marouan Azarkan (47'), Julian Baas (60') and Thijs Dallinga (93'). On the other side, FC Dordrecht got 8 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Nikolas Agrafiotis (29') scored for FC Dordrecht.
Looking at their form, and Excelsior have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 5 goals in total. Defensively, Excelsior have seen their frailties exposed. Regardless, time will tell if the trend shall be maintained in this next match.
A look at their previous results shows us that Excelsior:
- remain undefeated by De Graafschap when they've played them away from home in the last 2 matches in the league.
- have not been beaten in their last 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head to head clashes dating back to 16/01/2016 tells us that De Graafschap have won 3 of them and Excelsior 1, with the number of drawn results standing at 2.
A sum of 14 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 9 from Superboeren and 5 netted by Roodzwarten. That’s an average goals per game of 2.33.
The previous league game featuring the two was Eerste Divisie match day 29 on 19/03/2021 when the final score was De Graafschap 1-1 Excelsior.
On that occasion, De Graafschap had 50% possession and 17 shots on goal with 8 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Daryl van Mieghem (3').
Excelsior had 7 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Julian Baas (22') was the scorer.
The referee was Luca Cantineau.
Team News: De Graafschap
Danny Verbeek (Shoulder Injury), Hamza Bouihrouchane (Minor Knock), Milan Hilderink (Knock), Thomas Kleinpenning (Minor Knock), Johnatan Opoku (Head Injury) and Ted van de Pavert (Cheekbone Fracture) will not be able to play for De Graafschap gaffer Reinier Robbemond.
Team News: Excelsior
Excelsior manager Marinus Dijkhuizen has multiple availability issues to deal with. Redouan El Yaakoubi (Knock), Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Groin Injury), Lars Bleijenberg (Knock), Bo Geens (Knock) and Nathan Tjoe-A-On (Knee Injury) miss out here.
We envisage that Excelsior are dangerous enough to break down this De Graafschap side, although that realistically won’t be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We are anticipating a very close game with a 2-1 victory for De Graafschap by the conclusion of the game. We’ll have to see what happens.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion De Vijverberg (12,600)
Captain: Ted van de Pavert
Chairman: Martin Mos
Manager: Reinier Robbemond
Competitions: Eerste Divisie position 6
🔑 Key Man: Joey Konings
Generally deployed in the Striker position, Joey Konings was born in Heesch, Netherlands. After making a first senior appearance for Jong PSV in the 2015 - 2016 season, the accomplished Forward has struck 2 league goals in the Eerste Divisie 2021 - 2022 season to date coming from a total of 5 appearances.