Fortuna Sittard vs Groningen
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Fortuna Sittard Stadion (Sittard).
Fortuna Sittard are looking to complete a perfect week on Saturday when they play host to Groningen in their last action of the year. Rene Eijer’s men took a massive Feyenoord scalp last weekend when they picked up a shocking 0-2 victory away in Rotterdam. The win was even more bizarre if we know they had previously lost back-to-back league outings against Heerenveen and AZ conceding three goals in each of these defeats.
However, Fortunezen produced a rock-solid defensive display against the team which was previously on a thread of six consecutive wins. They kept their net untouched and punished Feyenoord’s aggressive attacking formation via two second half goals. Lars Hutten and Ahmed El Messaouidi were goalscorers on the occasion. They backed up such success with a 2-1 victory over lower-division Cambuur on Wednesday night to make it to the quarter-final of KNVB Beker. Can they keep the splendid streak going on Saturday against the likes of Groningen?
Fortuna Sittard vs Groningen: Head-to-head
The visitors were much more successful in the history of head to head affairs with Fortunezen.
Groningen won 7, drew 2 and lost only 1 of 10 encounters against Fortuna Sittard.
This will be teams’ first head to head clash since the 2001/02 campaign though.
Fortuna Sittard vs Groningen: Prediction
Fortuna came on the brink of breaking it to the top half of the ladder after the mentioned victory over Feyenoord. They are five points clear off 16th-placed Groningen who are one of the biggest disappointments of the season so far.
The coach Danny Buijs could be looking at his last game in charge if Groningen lose this as team’s board clearly wants to see much more than the relegation scrap from this squad. Groningen fell 1-2 at home to strugglers Emmen last weekend even though striker Mimoun Mahi pushed them in front three minutes from time. Pride of the North allowed the visitors to complete a comeback late in the stoppage time.
Fortuna will come into the game in much higher spirits. They won four of last five home games in all competitions and we have to see them as favourites against the struggling rivals here.
Fortuna Sittard vs Groningen: Bet Tips
Fortuna Sittard to win @ 2.20 (6/5)
Fortuna Sittard Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.90 (9/10).