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Go Ahead Eagles will do battle with visiting team NEC at De Adelaarshorst in the Eerste Divisie fixture on Friday.
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Go Ahead Eagles
Go Ahead Eagles, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 5-1 Eerste Divisie success vs Helmond Sport.
In that match, Go Ahead Eagles had 51% possession and 17 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. For Go Ahead Eagles, the scorers were Bradly van Hoeven (31', 46', 66'), Luuk Brouwers (65') and Boyd Lucassen (80'). At the other end, Helmond Sport got 9 attempts at goal with 2 on target. Arno Van Keilegom (25') scored for Helmond Sport.
Their most recent results shine a light on the fact that quality has been evident in the Go Ahead Eagles backline. Trots aan de IJssel have been miserly, seeing the tally of goals that have gone in at their end over the course of their previous six outings standing at 2.
Coming into this meeting, Go Ahead Eagles are undefeated in their last 7 home league matches.
After a loss in their previous game against NAC Breda in Eerste Divisie competition, NEC and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, NEC managed 56% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. At the other end, NAC Breda got 9 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Mounir El Allouchi (10') and Sydney van Hooijdonk (20') scored for NAC Breda.
The stats tell the story, and NEC have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 9 goals in all. In defence, NEC have some weaknesses to address. Such a trend might not be carried forward into this match, though.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head-to-head meetings dating back to 12/01/2018 shows us that Go Ahead Eagles have won 1 of these and NEC 2, with the tally of drawn results standing at 3.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 28 in total which averages out at 4.67 goals per meeting.
The previous league fixture between these clubs was Eerste Divisie match day 9 on 23/10/2020 and the score finished NEC 2-1 Go Ahead Eagles.
The match was refereed by Marc Nagtegaal.
Team News: Go Ahead Eagles
Frank Ross (Torn Knee Ligament), Sam Crowther (Heart Condition), Jeroen Veldmate (Knee Injury) and Mitchel Michaelis (Thigh Problems) won’t be available for GA Eagles gaffer Kees van Wonderen.
Team News: NEC
NEC manager Rogier Meijer has to choose a team with limited availability. Norbert Alblas (Knock) and Joep van der Sluijs (Knee Injury) miss out here. Édgar Barreto is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Our assessment is that NEC have the firepower to breach the defence of this Go Ahead Eagles side, but it might not quite be as many as they’ll concede.
We’re going for a very close game with a 2-1 win for Go Ahead Eagles at full-time. Definitely a tough call.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Go Ahead Eagles
Stadium: De Adelaarshorst (10,000)
Captain: Jeroen Veldmate
Chairman: Jan Willem van Dop
Manager: Kees van Wonderen
Competitions: Eerste Divisie position 3
⭐ Star Player: Sam Hendriks
Mostly played in the Striker position, Sam Hendriks was born in Doetinchem, Netherlands. After making a first senior appearance for De Graafschap in the 2012 - 2013 season, the accomplished Forward has got 7 league goals in this Eerste Divisie 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 33 appearances.