FC Groningen vs Feyenoord:
Dutch Eredivisie 2016/17,
Date: Sunday, 7 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 11:30 UK
Venue: Noordlease Stadion (Groningen).
FC Groningen finished seventh last season and then lost out on the Europa League play-off after a defeat to Heracles Almelo in the semi finals. The 2014/15 KNVB Cup winners will be looking for further improvement and challenge for a top four spot this term. Their preparations had gone well after losing just once in the 7 warm-up matches, with 5 wins and 1 draw.
Feyenoord were third in the 2015/16 Eredivise and ended the season on a high by winning the KNVB Cup. However, the 14-times league champions haven’t won the league since 1998–99, which now stretches to 17 years. They will be aiming to overtake Ajax and PSV Eindhoven to end their trophy drought in the upcoming season.
FC Groningen: Team News
Ernest Faber will be without the services of Simon Tibbling and Kasper Larsen, who are away on international duty with Sweden and Denmark squads for the Rio Olympics 2016.
While center back Samir Memisevic and midfielder Yoell van Nieff are the two new signings who are expected to make their debut for Groningen on Sunday.
FC Groningen: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Padt – Burnet, Memisevic, Reijnen, Hateboer – Nieff, Maduro – Rusnak, Drost, Idrissi – Sorloth.
Feyenoord: Team News
The Kuip will be without their first choice goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer and young center back Sven van Beek, both out with injuries.
Swedish goal-keeper Par Hansson is likely to be handed his debut in a Feynoord shirt, while the towering striker Nicolai Jorgensen will be the lone man up front.
Feynoord: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Hansson – Nelom, Kongolo, Botteghim, Karsdorp – Ahmadi, Vihena – Elia, Kuyt, Toornstra – Jorgensen.
Groningen vs Feyenoord: Head-to-Head Stats
- The last three meetings between Feyenoord and Groningen were 1-1 draws.
- Feyenoord are unbeaten in the last 9 matches against Groningen, with 5 wins and 4 draws.
- Groningen’s last win against Feyenoord was on October 2011 and since then failed to win three home matches in a row, losing 1 and drawing 2.
- Five of the last six matches between these two sides have seen under 2.5 goals.
Groningen vs Feyenoord: Predictions
This will be an evenly poised contest looking at the pre-season form of both sides. However, Feynoord have a good head-to-head record against Groningen and they go in as slight favourites.
However, none of these sides want to start off with a loss and this will be a tricky affair. Therefore goals will be at premium and a draw is the most probable outcome.
Groningen vs Feyenoord: Tips
- Under 2.5 goals.
- Double Chance – Feyenoord/Draw.