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Willem II arrive at Goffertstadion on Sunday for the Eredivisie fixture with hosts NEC.
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NEC will be looking for a repeat result of a 0-1 Eredivisie triumph versus Heracles Almelo.
In that game, NEC managed 51% possession and 6 attempts at goal with 4 on target. The only player to score for NEC was Ali Akman (50'). On the other side, Heracles Almelo got 14 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target.
A recurring characteristic of more recent NEC games is the number of results with a nil in them.
From their prior 6 matches leading up to this one, in 5 of them a wager on "Both Teams to Score" would've been a loser.
Analysis of their past results shows that NEC:
- have not lost a league tie with Willem II in their last 12 games. A decent run, indeed.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 2 league matches at home.
Willem II will go into the meeting following a 1-0 Eredivisie win with the defeat of FC Zwolle in their previous outing.
In that match, Willem II had 45% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player to score for Willem II was Görkem Sağlam (53'). For their opponents, FC Zwolle had 10 attempts on goal with 4 on target.
Fred Grim's Willem II have turned their attacks into goals 10 times throughout their most recent six matches. The number of goals that have been scored against them during those same clashes adds up to 8.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Willem II:
- have not registered a win against NEC in games played away from home for the previous 7 league games. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 away league matches.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head results going back to 22/09/2012 reveals that these fixtures have been miserable for Willem II. They’ve not managed to register any wins at all whereas NEC have been dominant against them, winning in 67% of those games where they have faced each other.
A combined total of 8 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 6 for NEC and 2 netted by Tricolores. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.33.
The previous league encounter featuring these sides was Eredivisie match day 18 on 15/01/2017 and the score finished Willem II 0-1 NEC.
The match was refereed by Siemen Mulder.
Team News: NEC
Pedro Ruiz (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Rens van Eijden (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Mathias De Wolf (Unknown Injury) will not be able to play for NEC boss Rogier Meijer.
Team News: Willem II
Willem II boss Fred Grim has to currently contend with reduced team options. Ringo Meerveld (Ankle Injury) and Wesley Spieringhs (Meniscal Injury) are not ready for selection.
In our opinion, Willem II and NEC should both be able to score here although it’s hard to pick a clear winner.
A close call, and we think a draw is quite likely. We therefore think that it’s going to be a tight encounter, finishing with a 1-1 score at the end of this one.
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 7
🔑 Key Player: Ali Akman
Normally 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 accomplished Forward has managed 2 league goals in this Eredivisie 2021 - 2022 season to date from a total of 3 appearances.