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Go Ahead Eagles head to Goffertstadion on Sunday for the Eredivisie showdown with hosts NEC.
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NEC will be looking to improve on their last outing here after the 1-0 Eredivisie loss in their previous game against FC Utrecht.
In that match, NEC managed 53% possession and 11 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. FC Utrecht got 21 shots at goal with 8 of them on target. Anastasios Douvikas (77') scored for FC Utrecht.
It’s been seldom in recent times that NEC have shown defensive steel. In fact, NEC have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, letting in 9 goals during that time. That kind of trend won’t necessarily follow through into this match, however.
Going into this encounter, NEC haven’t won at home in the past 10 league matches. Such a poor run.
Go Ahead Eagles
Since a loss in their previous game against Vitesse in Eredivisie action, Go Ahead Eagles and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Go Ahead Eagles managed 50% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Go Ahead Eagles was Isac Lidberg (35'). For their opponents, Vitesse got 12 shots at goal with 5 on target. Loïs Openda (13', 69') scored for Vitesse.
A series of reliable showings by the Go Ahead Eagles defenders has resulted in their ‘goals against’ tally standing at 4 from their last 6 fixtures in total. During the same period, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 9.
Coming into this contest, Go Ahead Eagles have not beaten NEC when having played them away from home in the previous 4 matches in the league. They'll be keen to stop this run.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head to head meetings going back to 27/09/2019 shows that NEC have won 2 of these games and Go Ahead Eagles 3, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
An aggregate of 19 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 9 of them from NEC and 10 coming from Trots aan de IJssel. That’s an average goals per game of 3.17.
Team News: NEC
Édgar Barreto (Knee Injury) and Pedro Ruiz (Knee Surgery) will be missing for NEC manager Rogier Meijer.
We think that NEC look set to line up in a 4-2-3-1 system for this game, utilising Mattijs Branderhorst, Bart van Rooij, Ivan Marquez, Rodrigo Guth, Souffian Elkarouani, Lasse Schoene, Jordy Bruijn, Elayis Tavsan, Mikkel Duelund, Jonathan Okita and Ali Akman.
Team News: Go Ahead Eagles
Owing to a completely healthy group to pick from, the Go Ahead Eagles boss Kees van Wonderen has zero fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match.
We are inclined to think that Trots aan de IJssel seem likely to elect for a 4-3-3 system with a starting lineup of Andries Noppert, Boyd Lucassen, Gerrit Nauber, Joris Kramer, Bas Kuipers, Mats Deijl, Luuk Brouwers, Philippe Rommens, Ragnar Oratmangoen, Inigo Cordoba and Isac Lidberg.
In our opinion, Go Ahead Eagles certainly have the ability to find the back of the net against this NEC side, however it probably shouldn’t be enough to prevent defeat.
We’re tipping a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 winning margin for NEC after 90 minutes. Hopefully this is a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Goffertstadion (12,500)
Captain: Rens van Eijden
Chairman: Ron van Oijen
Manager: Rogier Meijer
Competitions: Eredivisie position 11
🔑 Star Player: Ali Akman
Regularly played in the Striker position, Ali Akman was born in Bursa, Turkey. After making a first senior appearance for NEC in the 2021 - 2022 season, the skilful Forward has scored 6 league goals in the Eredivisie 2021 - 2022 campaign to date from a total of 25 appearances.