Excelsior vs FC Groningen
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Friday, 2nd November 2018
Kick-off at 19.00 UK/ 20.00 CET
Venue: Stadion Woudestein, Rotterdam.
The tenth-placed team in the Eredivisie, a mid-table team in all aspects, takes on the bottom-most placed team of the league, FC Groningen.
Excelsior was humiliated last week by Graafschap, an away game for the former team, by a 4-1 scoreline. The first half was evenly poised. The next half was where Excelsior lost the plot.
They conceded three goals in a row. The first half had seen both teams scoring one goal each. The impact is more when it is considered that Graafschap is the 15th placed team in the Eredivisie, just above the relegation zone.
FC Groningen almost pulled off the upset of the season when they held PSV Eindhoven to a draw until the 86th minute of last week’s game. PSV is the league topper with a 100% record so far. They have won every single game this season in the league.
To have to witness the worst team in the league putting an end to the winning streak of the best team would have been something out of this world.
Excelsior depends on a lot of players for their goal scoring jobs. It is apt to say that the task is split between at least 4-5 players, while Ali Messaud has gained a slight advantage over the other players with an extra goal. He has scored three so far.
FC Groningen has been very poor and lacking in front of the goal. They have scored just six goals from their ten matches.
Excelsior vs FC Groningen Head-to-head (h2h)
- Excelsior has won three out of the last four matches between these teams.
- Groningen is currently on an eight-match winless streak while winning only one of their last 13 matches.
- Excelsior has won both of their last two matches at home.
- Groningen has lost their last three matches on the road and has also lost four of their last five.
Excelsior vs FC Groningen Prediction
Excelsior has performed very well against FC Groningen in their recent fixtures. Also, FC Groningen has been the worst team in the league so far. They have scored the least amount of goals so far. They are the only team to not have crossed the double-digit mark in goals scored.
Their defense is particularly weak and notoriously concede easy goals while on the road. The visitors have a terrible record while away from home, and the trend has continued this season too.
Excelsior forwards will easily put away goals against the helpless and clueless backline of the guests.
Expect an easy win for Excelsior. Goals will be scored in both halves.
Excelsior vs FC Groningen Betting Tips
Excelsior to win 2.55 (17/11)
Half Time/ Full Time: Excelsior/ Excelsior @ 4.20 (16/5)