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NEC will host visiting club Heracles Almelo at Goffertstadion in this Eredivisie fixture on Saturday.
Scroll down to see all of the predictions, poll and statistics for NEC v Heracles Almelo - plus the latest betting odds.
NEC, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 0-1 Eredivisie success over Willem II.
In that game, NEC managed 44% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The scorer for NEC was Magnus Mattsson (38'). Willem II had 13 shots at goal with 1 on target.
NEC haven’t been able to stop scoring goals, netting in one hundred percent of their last 6 games.
They have claimed a sum of 9 during that time while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 8. Despite that, we will just have to wait and see if the trend will persist in this game.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that NEC:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Heracles Almelo in their previous 2 games.
- are without a win at home for the past 3 league matches.
In their last game, Heracles Almelo drew 1-1 in the Eredivisie match with SC Cambuur.
In that match, Heracles Almelo managed 49% possession and 23 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Heracles Almelo was Orestis Kiomourtzoglou (77'). On the other side, SC Cambuur got 8 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Michael Breij (59') scored for SC Cambuur.
Showing their penchant for eventful matches, we’ve had goals 20 times in the last 6 games in which Heracles Almelo have played, yielding an average of 3.33 goals each clash. Opposition teams have got 12 from this total.
Pre-game facts show that Heracles Almelo:
- have not beaten NEC in away games against them for the last 2 league games.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 12 league games. It's not a good run at all.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head duels stretching back to 29/03/2014, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with NEC winning 3 of those games, Heracles Almelo 3 and 0 being draws in regulation time.
In all, 14 goals were scored between them in this period, with 6 of them for NEC and 8 created by Heraclieden. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.33.
The previous league game between the two was Eredivisie match day 3 on 29/08/2021 when the final score was Heracles Almelo 0-1 NEC.
In that match, Heracles Almelo managed 49% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 4 on target.
NEC got 6 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Ali Akman (50') scored.
The referee was Jochem Kamphuis.
Team News: NEC
Jonathan Okita (Unknown Injury), Édgar Barreto (Calf Injury), Joep van der Sluijs (Unknown Injury), Mathias De Wolf (Unknown Injury), Rens van Eijden (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Pedro Ruiz (Knee Surgery) will be missing for NEC manager Rogier Meijer.
We think that NEC could make use of the 3-4-1-2 formation this time, utilising Mattijs Branderhorst, Rodrigo Guth, Cas Odenthal, Ivan Marquez, Bart van Rooij, Dirk Proper, Lasse Schoene, Calvin Verdonk, Jordy Bruijn, Elayis Tavsan and Magnus Mattsson.
Team News: Heracles Almelo
Heracles Almelo manager Frank Wormuth has not got a full squad to pick from. Delano Burgzorg (Groin Injury), Melih Ibrahimoglu (Unknown Injury), Elias Oubella (Knee Injury), Kasper Lunding (Knee Injury) and Ismail Azzaoui (Knee Injury) are those who can’t be considered. Marco Rente is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
There’s a good chance that Heraclieden will likely elect for a 4-3-3 formation with a starting lineup of Janis Blaswich, Noah Fadiga, Sven Sonnenberg, Mats Knoester, Giacomo Quagliata, O. Kiomourtzoglou, Luca de la Torre, Lucas Schoofs, Nikolai Laursen, Kaj Sierhuis and Bilal Basacikoglu.
We’re of the opinion that Heracles Almelo certainly have the ability to put one past this NEC team, but it is unlikely to be enough to avoid defeat.
We’re predicting a close game with a 2-1 advantage for NEC by the time that the referee blows the final whistle. We are expecting it to be pretty even.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Goffertstadion (12,500)
Captain: Rens van Eijden
Chairman: Ron van Oijen
Manager: Rogier Meijer
Competitions: Eredivisie position 9, KNVB Beker (Round of 16)
🔑 Key Player: Ali Akman
Normally used in the Striker position, Ali Akman was born in Bursa, Turkey. After having made a senior debut playing for NEC in the 2021 - 2022 season, the talented Forward has got 5 league goals in the Eredivisie 2021 - 2022 campaign so far in a total of 15 appearances.