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The Eredivisie game at Abe Lenstra Stadion on Sunday will see home side SC Heerenveen take to the field against FC Groningen.
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SC Heerenveen will be hoping for a better result following the 3-1 Eredivisie defeat in their last game at the hands of AZ.
The only player to score from SC Heerenveen was Lasse Schöne (54'). Calvin Stengs (20'), Teun Koopmeiners (47') and Albert Guðmundsson (81') scored for AZ.
Johnny Jansen's SC Heerenveen have hit the back of the net 7 times over their preceding half-dozen outings. The corresponding number of goals that have been scored against them in those games stands at 5.
Their past results show that SC Heerenveen:
- are unbeaten in the league by FC Groningen in their last 2 matches.
- have left without a victory over FC Groningen in their last 6 league games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 3 home league matches.
FC Groningen head into the clash following a 1-0 Eredivisie win to defeat FC Zwolle in their most recent fixture.
The only name on the scoresheet from FC Groningen was Jorgen Larsen (16').
During their 6 most recent matches, Danny Buijs's FC Groningen have had reason to celebrate scoring 9 times thus giving them the goals scored per game average of 1.5.
Their past results show that FC Groningen:
- haven't beaten SC Heerenveen when they have played them away from home in the previous 4 league matches. Not good.
- remain unbeaten by SC Heerenveen in games played away from home for the previous 5 league games. A very good record, indeed.
- are without a win away from home in their last 2 league matches.
Head to head
There have been frequent draws between these two clubs. In their head to head clashes going back to 29/01/2017, fans have seen 5 of them. That’s an unusually high 83 per cent of games ending as stalemates.
14 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 6 for De Superfriezen and 8 coming from Trots van het Noorden. The average goals per game has been 2.33.
The last league meeting featuring the two was Eredivisie match day 11 on 27/10/2019 which finished with the scoreline of SC Heerenveen 1-1 FC Groningen.
The referee was Allard Lindhout.
Team News: SC Heerenveen
There’s just the lone fitness concern for the SC Heerenveen manager Johnny Jansen to be concerned with due to a largely intact group. Ulysses Llanez (Knock) is sidelined. Jan Paul van Hecke is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: FC Groningen
Groningen boss Danny Buijs has to currently contend with reduced team options. Azor Matusiwa (Unknown Injury), Arjen Robben (Calf Injury), Patrick Joosten (Unknown Injury) and Ahmed El Messaoudi (Unknown Injury) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that FC Groningen will manage to break down this SC Heerenveen team, however that probably won’t be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We think that it’s going to be a 2-1 win for SC Heerenveen at the end of the match. It will be interesting to see how this one goes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Abe Lenstra Stadion (26,800)
Captain: Henk Veerman
Chairman: Cees Roozemond
Manager: Johnny Jansen
Competitions: Eredivisie position 9, KNVB Beker (Quarter-finals)
⭐ Star Player: Benjamin Nygren
Regularly playing in the Striker position, Benjamin Nygren was born in Sweden. Having made a first senior appearance for IFK Göteborg in the 2018 season, the talented Forward has struck 3 league goals in the Eredivisie 2020 - 2021 season so far coming from a total of 18 appearances.