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FC Twente will be the visitors at Van Donge & De Roo Stadion on Saturday for the Eredivisie clash with home side Excelsior.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Excelsior v FC Twente can be seen below - along with the latest match odds.
Excelsior won’t want a repeat of their last result here following a 2-1 Eredivisie defeat last time out to Almere City.
In that match, Excelsior had 50% possession and 6 shots at goal with 3 on target. For Excelsior, the goalscorers were Troy Parrott (26') and Casper Widell (68' Own goal). For their opponents, Almere City had 11 shots at goal with 2 on target. Stije Resink (43') scored for Almere City.
It has been all too rare in recent games that Excelsior have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Excelsior have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 10 goals during that time. That sort of trend might not be sustained into this match, though.
Looking at their past form shows that Excelsior:
- haven't won against FC Twente in their last 4 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their previous 3 home league matches.
FC Twente head into the encounter after a 3-0 Eredivisie win over RKC Waalwijk in their last match.
Throughout their 6 most recent matches, Joseph Oosting's FC Twente have seen their efforts on goal rewarded 8 times - yielding them the goals per game average of 1.33.
Analysis of their past results shows that FC Twente:
- have left without a victory over Excelsior when they have played them away from home in the previous 5 matches in the league. Not good at all.
- haven't been defeated by Excelsior when they've played them away from home in the last 4 league games. An impressive run.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 3 league games.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head to head meetings going back to 12/02/2017 tells us that Excelsior have won 1 of them & FC Twente 2, with the number of drawn results being 3.
A sum of 16 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 of them from Roodzwarten and 10 netted by De Tukkers. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.67.
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was Eredivisie match day 22 on 08/12/2023 when it ended FC Twente 4-2 Excelsior.
The referee was Ingmar Oostrom.
Team News: Excelsior
We are thinking that Roodzwarten could opt for a 3-4-3 formation featuring Stijn van Gassel, Casper Widell, Redouan El Yaakoubi, Kik Pierie, Siebe Horemans, Kenzo Goudmijn, Cisse Sandra, Arthur Zagre, Couhaib Driouech, Troy Parrott and Oscar Uddenaes.
Team News: FC Twente
With a fully injury-free squad to pick from, the FC Twente manager Joseph Oosting doesn’t have any fitness concerns to report ahead of this match.
It’s our belief that De Tukkers appear most likely to utilise a 4-2-3-1 system by sending out Lars Unnerstall, Joshua Brenet, Mees Hilgers, Robin Propper, Gijs Smal, Mathias Kjoeloe, Michal Sadilek, Daan Rots, Sem Steijn, Michel Vlap and R. van Wolfswinkel.
For this match, we think that Excelsior have it in them to get a goal against this FC Twente side, but a single goal might not quite prevent defeat.
Our selection here is for a tight encounter finishing with a 1-2 victory for FC Twente at full-time. Could easily go either way, this.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Van Donge & De Roo Stadion (4,400)
Captain: Stijn van Gassel
Chairman: Bob de Lange
Manager: Marinus Dijkhuizen
Competitions: Eredivisie position 14
⭐ Star Man: Couhaib Driouech
Usually played in the Left Wing position, Couhaib Driouech was born in Drachten, Netherlands. Having made his senior debut playing for SC Heerenveen in the 2020 - 2021 season, the accomplished Forward has struck 4 league goals in this Eredivisie 2023 - 2024 campaign so far in 18 appearances.