Emmen will be looking for salvation points on Thursday afternoon when they take on mid-table Heerenveen on Eredivisie Matchday No 33.
Emmen snapped a three-win run with back-to-back 0-4 defeats. While the 4-0 loss at the new champions Ajax can by no means be considered a significant failure, the last weekend’s home disaster against UEFA Conference League hopefuls Groningen certainly can.
Emmen were completely outplayed by Groningen on the occasion and their manager Dick Lukkien will have a very tough task to lift his troops ahead of the two most important matches of the season.
The hosts currently occupy the relegation playoffs spot. However, since it would take them into battle with six Eerste Divisie teams for just one place in the elite class next year, they ideally want to avoid it and move into the safe zone with positive scores in the last two outings.
Out of all relegation-threatened teams, Emmen probably have the easiest schedule. A win here would be massive ahead of the trip to Venlo for the clash with the penultimate-placed VVV on final day.
Heerenveen, on the other side, could still theoretically grab the 8th place which leads to the UEFA Conference League playoffs. They are currently four points shy of Sparta Rotterdam but have a match just against upcoming on Sunday.
Emmen vs Heerenveen Head-to-head
- Heerenveen have been the more successful side in a short history of their rivalry with Emmen.
- Heerenveen won five, drew one, and lost just 2 of eight games in this match-up.
- These two sides met each other twice this season and Heerenveen won on both occasions (4-0 in the league and 1-2 in the cup).
Emmen vs Heerenveen Prediction
Heerenveen won only 2 of the last 11 league affairs. However, looking at their head to head record with Emmen as well as the fact they’ve kept the likes of PSV to a 2-2 draw in their previous away game, we are tempted by the 3.40 odds offered by the bookies for the away win pick.
After all, Emmen did suffer two consecutive 0-4 defeats in the last two rounds. Since four of the last five matches Emmen played on the home patch saw goals scored at both ends, we will also take the 1.83 odds offered for the Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score pick.
Emmen vs Heerenveen Betting Tips
Heerenveen to win @ 3.40 odd
Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score @ 1.83 odd.
Emmen vs Heerenveen
Thursday, 13 May 2021
Kick-off 13:30 UK/ 14:30 CET
Venue: De Oude Meerdijk.