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NEC head to Van Donge & De Roo Stadion on Friday for the Eerste Divisie clash with hosts Excelsior.
All Excelsior v NEC game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below - along with the latest match odds.
Excelsior will be hoping to bounce back here following a 7-2 Eerste Divisie losing effort in their last game against SC Cambuur.
In that match, Excelsior managed 38% possession and 8 shots at goal with 6 on target. For Excelsior, the goals were scored by Joël Zwarts (6') and Elías Már Ómarsson (52'). At the other end, SC Cambuur got 16 shots at goal with 8 of them on target. Jarchinio Antonia (14'), Robert Mühren (63', 76', 87') and Ragnar Oratmangoen (71', 84', 90') scored for SC Cambuur.
Matches featuring Excelsior have often been entertaining encounters lately with a lot of goalmouth action being the norm. Over their past 6 games alone, the sum total of 21 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 3.5 goals per game) with 6 of them belonging to Roodzwarten.
Going into this encounter, Excelsior are without a win at home for the past 2 league games.
In the game prior to this, NEC drew 1-1 in the Eerste Divisie match with Telstar.
In that match, NEC managed 51% possession and 7 shots at goal with 4 on target. At the other end, Telstar got 7 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Lesley Bakker (39' Own goal) and Glynor Plet (58') scored for Telstar.
Rogier Meijer's NEC have managed to stick the ball in the net a total of 12 times in the course of their most recent 6 matches. The aggregate of goals that have been scored against them during the equivalent period equals 5.
Taking a look at their past results, NEC:
- have not won against Excelsior in away games against them for the last 3 league games.
- have not won away from home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head to head meetings dating back to 26/02/2016 shows that Excelsior have won 4 of these games and NEC 1, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
An aggregate of 21 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 13 of them for Roodzwarten and 8 created by NEC. That is an average goals per game value of 3.5.
The last league contest between these clubs was Eerste Divisie match day 19 on 08/01/2021 which ended up with the score at NEC 3-2 Excelsior.
The referee was Ingmar Oostrom.
Team News: Excelsior
It’s a low absenteeism rate, with just the lone fitness concern for the Excelsior boss Marinus Dijkhuizen to be concerned about thanks to an otherwise robust group of players. Nathan Tjoe-A-On (Ankle Injury) will miss out. Hervé Matthys is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: NEC
NEC boss Rogier Meijer has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Rens van Eijden (Ankle Injury) and Jordy Bruijn (Knock) are not ready for selection.
Our thinking is that Excelsior will have to work hard as a team to get anything against this NEC side who should end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re therefore expecting a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 winning score for NEC at full-time.
Hopefully it’s a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Van Donge & De Roo Stadion (4,400)
Captain: Sander Fischer
Chairman: Bob de Lange
Manager: Marinus Dijkhuizen
Competitions: Eerste Divisie position 11
🔑 Key Player: Elías Már Ómarsson
Generally used in the Striker position, Elías Már Ómarsson was born in Keflavik, Iceland. After making a first senior appearance for Vålerenga in the 2015 season, the dangerous Forward has managed 19 league goals in the Eerste Divisie 2020 - 2021 season to date coming from a total of 31 appearances.