Groningen – Twente
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Saturday, 10 August 2019
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Euroborg (Rotterdam).
In the second round of the Eredivisie, Groningen welcomes Twente, top-flight returnees.
Home team had a good campaign last year, finished 8th, but missed out on an ultimate prize – European football after defeat in a two-legged affair against Vitesse.
Groningen are one of those Class-B teams that should aim for the top-half finish and it seems they only got better during this off-season. They added couple of interesting pieces, and one of them, Ramon Pascal Lundqvist, provided an excellent assist for Ajdin Hrustic in a narrow win over Emmen in the opening round.
Twente are back where they belong after a dominant season in Eerste Divisie. Despite the promotion, manager Marino Pusic got sacked and the club hired his assistant, 35-year old Gonzalo Garcia Garcia to lead the team.
They kept most of their players from last season and managed to sign few talents. Highly-rated youngster Keito Nakamura marked his Twente debut with a beautiful goal against PSV in Week 1.
Groningen vs Twente: Head to Head
Twente have the upper hand in H2H with 22 wins out of 50 games played.
There are no tendencies that favour either side. In the last three games, we have seen every possible outcome, but Twente got the last laugh with a Cup win in september last year.
We have seen three under 2.5 games in a row, but before that, in a season 2016/17, these teams were involved in two absolute classics (Twente – Groningen 3-5, Groningen Twente 3-4)
Groningen vs Twente: Prediction
Green-White Army is the bookie’s favorite for this game and it’s hard to dispute that. They are a strong home team that wants to repeat last season’s success or even go step higher. Groningen lost only one home game in this calendar year – against Ajax (0-1)
Twente was surely a happier side after 1-1 draw against PSV in the opening round. Yes, they took the lead, but PSV controlled the game, got even in time, but failed to produce a winner despite some great chances. The Tukkers’ defense looked wobbly at times and Groningen will try to exploit that.
Groningen vs Twente: Bet Tips
Groningen to score over 1.5 goals @ 1.90 (9/10)
Groningen to score 1st goals @ 1.60 (3/5).