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Helmond Sport will host away side Excelsior at SolarUnie Stadion in the Eerste Divisie tie on Friday.
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Helmond Sport will play in this fixture after a 0-0 Eerste Divisie draw against FC Oss.
In that match, Helmond Sport managed 44% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 1 on target. For their opponents, FC Oss had 7 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target.
Helmond Sport have found it difficult to unlock defences of late. Their goals record equals just 3 against opposition teams over their previous 6 matches. In those games, Helmond Sport have also seen the number of goals scored against them total 11. We will see if that trend can be sustained here.
Their previous form shows that Helmond Sport:
- haven't lost in the league to Excelsior in their previous 2 games.
- are without a win at home for the past 3 league matches.
In the game prior to this, Excelsior drew 4-4 in the Eerste Divisie match with Almere City.
In that match, Excelsior had 51% possession and 17 attempts at goal with 8 on target. For Excelsior, the goals were scored by Reuven Niemeijer (11', 82') and Thijs Dallinga (16'). Almere City had 19 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. Lance Duijvestijn (25'), Stije Resink (54' Own goal) and Jonas Arweiler (69', 74', 78') scored for Almere City.
In a total of 5 out of the previous 6 games featuring Excelsior, a minimum of three goals have been hit. The average goals scored per match within that time is 5, with the number of goals averaged by Excelsior equalling 3.33.
Heading into this fixture, Excelsior are unbeaten in their previous 3 away league matches.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head duels going back to 31/01/2014, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with Helmond Sport winning 3 of those games, Excelsior 3 and 0 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
Those games weren’t short on goals, either, with 22 in all at an average of 3.67 goals per meeting.
The last league fixture between these sides was Eerste Divisie match day 30 on 28/03/2021 which ended up with the score at Excelsior 0-3 Helmond Sport.
In that game, Excelsior had 58% possession and 11 shots at goal with 6 of them on target.
On the other side, Helmond Sport got 16 attempts on goal with 8 on target. Dean van der Sluijs (58'), Jordy Thomassen (86') and Arno Van Keilegom (89') scored.
The match was refereed by Jesse Rozendal.
Team News: Helmond Sport
The Helmond Sport manager Wil Boessen has no fitness concerns at all ahead of this game thanks to a completely healthy group to pick from.
Team News: Excelsior
Owing to a completely injury-free group available to select from, the Excelsior boss Marinus Dijkhuizen does not have any fitness concerns at all coming into this match.
In our view, Helmond Sport would be disappointed if they were not to score a goal against this Excelsior team, but one goal probably won’t quite be as many as they’ll concede.
We’re therefore expecting a tight encounter finishing with a 1-2 advantage for Excelsior after the 90. Should be an interesting one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: SolarUnie Stadion (4,200)
Chairman: Philippe van Esch
Manager: Wil Boessen
Competitions: Eerste Divisie position 17
🔑 Star Player: Jelle Goselink
Typically used in the Right Wing position, Jelle Goselink was born in Netherlands. Having made his senior debut playing for Almere City in the 2019 - 2020 season, the talented Forward has managed 3 league goals in this Eerste Divisie 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 13 appearances.