Feyenoord vs Groningen
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Thursday, 8 February 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Stadion Feijenoord (Rotterdam).
The reigning champions have continued with the dismal campaign full of ups and down last weekend when they fell 1-0 away at the recently-promoted VVV side. Feyenoord are now as many as seven points away from the third-placed AZ and there is just no room for mistakes until the end of the season if they want to at least finish within the top three in the Eredivisie standings.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s jobbies rumoured to be on the line and the former Barcelona’s left-back will be desperate to see his men returning on the winning ways on Thursday against Groningen. Given Groningen’s most recent spell of form, it should not really be a mission impossible for the hosts.
The Pride of the North have only collected two points from three league ties in 2018 and it is a bitterly disappointing return if we know that they’ve played the likes of Willem II, Heracles and Vitesse in the process. The latest of the failures happened last Friday when Groningen could not find the back of the net in a straightforward 2-0 defeat away at Vitas.
The visitors have shipped five goals in last two league games revealing plenty of holes at the back. This should allow Feyenoord’s talisman Steven Berghuis to add to his fine 12-goal tally and the Dutch forward is our top suggestion for the anytime goalscorer here.
Feyenoord vs Groningen: Head-to-head
Feyenoord have been pretty impressive in their most recent clashes with Groningen.
The hosts have won three on the bounce against the Pride of the North with the goal difference of 9-0 along the way.
Overall, Feyenoord have won 16 and lost only 3 of 24 home matches against Groningen.
Feyenoord vs Groningen: Prediction
Whilst Feyenoord’s form has seen ups and downs throughout the season, the team has been pretty consistent at home recently winning four on the trot in all competitions at De Kuip.
Given that van Bronckhorst’s men have netted two or more goals in each of these home wins in the process, we have to see them as massive favourites against the struggling opposition in the last game of mid-week’s Matchday.
Feyenoord vs Groningen: Bet Tips
Feyenoord -1.5 handicap @ 1.70
Steven Berghuis to score anytime @ 1.85