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The Eredivisie meeting at Covebo Stadion – De Koel on Saturday will see hosts VVV-Venlo go into battle with FC Groningen.
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VVV-Venlo will be hoping to bounce back here following a 2-1 Eredivisie loss in their previous game against FC Zwolle.
In that game, VVV-Venlo had 40% possession and 12 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for VVV-Venlo was Roy Gelmi (69'). For their opponents, FC Zwolle had 19 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Slobodan Tedić (66') and Thomas Lam (79') scored for FC Zwolle.
Their most recent results show that much more can be done by the VVV-Venlo rearguard. Venlose trots have seen an embarrassing 18 goals go past their goalkeeper over the course of their previous six matches. We shall soon see whether or not that trend will be sustained here.
Heading into this contest, VVV-Venlo haven’t won at home in the past 3 matches in the league.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against RKC Waalwijk in Eredivisie competition, FC Groningen and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, FC Groningen had 64% possession and 19 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for FC Groningen was Ahmed El Messaoudi (33'). On the other side, RKC Waalwijk got 17 attempts on goal with 10 of them on target. Thijs Oosting (5', 15') and Sylla Sow (86') scored for RKC Waalwijk.
Danny Buijs's FC Groningen have seen their goal attempts be successful 5 times in the course of their previous 6 matches. The number of goals that they have conceded during those same matches comes to 8.
Their past results show that FC Groningen:
- have not beaten VVV-Venlo in away games against them for the last 5 matches in the league. They'll be keen to stop this run.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 5 league games.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head meetings going back to 16/02/2018, there has been little between the sides with VVV-Venlo winning 2 of those games, FC Groningen 2 and 2 being draws in regulation time.
A combined total of 14 goals were scored between them in these games, with 7 of them from Venlose trots and 7 belonging to Trots van het Noorden. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.33.
The last league fixture between these clubs was Eredivisie match day 7 on 31/10/2020 which ended up with the score at FC Groningen 2-1 VVV-Venlo.
The match was refereed by Allard Lindhout.
Team News: VVV-Venlo
Meritan Shabani (Unknown Injury), Zinédine Machach (Ankle Injury) and Christos Donis (Ankle Injury) will not be able to play for VVV gaffer Jos Luhukay.
Team News: FC Groningen
Groningen manager Danny Buijs has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Ramon Pascal Lundqvist (Ankle Injury), Jörgen Strand Larsen (Ankle Injury) and Arjen Robben (Calf Injury) are those who can’t be considered.
We think that VVV-Venlo will need to push hard to be putting a goal past this FC Groningen outfit who we think might get the win and a maybe even keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re therefore seeing a good tussle with a 0-1 advantage for FC Groningen at the conclusion of the game.
Hopefully it’s a good one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Covebo Stadion – De Koel (8,000)
Captain: Danny Post
Chairman: Hai Berden
Manager: Jos Luhukay
Competitions: Eredivisie position 16
🔑 Key Player: Jafar Arias
Generally used in the Striker position, Jafar Arias was born in Willemstad, Curaçao. Having made a first senior appearance for FC Groningen in the 2014 - 2015 season, the talented Forward has managed to score 4 league goals in the Eredivisie 2020 - 2021 season so far coming from a total of 23 appearances.