FC Groningen vs FC Utrecht
Netherlands – KNVB Cup
Date: Thursday, 19 December 2019
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Euroborg (Groningen).
Utrecht really could do some damage to the hopeful fans assembled at the Euroborg taking advantage of the momentum they have generated over the course of the last few weeks. Such has been the form the team have been going through in recent match-days. However, Groningen coupled with home advantage will not just budge down to pressure, and likely we are in line for a fierce encounter.
FC Groningen vs FC Utrecht Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, which was just a week back, Utrecht won on the road, 0-1.
- Ten of the former thirteen wins went to Utrecht.
- Seven of the previous ten games had goals from both teams.
- Three of the previous four wins at this venue went to the guests.
- Five of the preceding six fixtures at this stadium saw goals from both teams.
FC Groningen vs FC Utrecht Match Preview
The presence of the big three in Netherlands, and especially Ajax these days, have made it difficult for other teams to target success in the Eredivisie. This likely redirects their energy and efforts to domestic cups.
In the second round of this competition, Groningen will play hosts to the in-form Utrecht. Either squad will surely harbor hope of getting their name into the Round of 16 mix, and certainly we can expect a very competitive 90 minutes.
FC Groningen vs FC Utrecht Prediction
Groningen were on the road in the previous round of the competition, but dealt with it without making a fuss. They had taken on Harkemase Boys, and put forth a 0-2 lead by the start of the second half. Though later the hosts managed to score one goal, Groningen closed out the game 1-2.
Meanwhile, Utrecht recorded even more of a comprehensive win the previous round. They too were on the road, and had locked horns with Excelsior. Still, the visiting contingent registered a dominating 1-4 victory.
This Thursday, take into account the fact how impressive Utrehct have been the last several games. They are on a two-game winning run, and also won six of their last nine match-ups. Also, keep note that two of their three losses since October had come against the top two teams in the Eredivisie (Ajax, and Alkmaar).
On the road, Utrecht have won four of their preceding five trips, and have failed to find the back of the net in an away game only against Ajax this season.
On the other hand, Groningen are on a five-match winless run, and have scored a total of one goal from their previous three games. At home, they remained winless in their last two appearances as well.
Most importantly, these two had clashed just a week back, at this same venue, and then Utrecht recorded a narrow 0-1 win.
Going on, ten of the previous thirteen overall h2h wins had gone to Utrehct, and three of the last four at this ground as well.
Considering all these factors together, we arrive at the conclusion that, Utrecht hold the upper hand here. Still, to be on the safe side, we will opt for the Double Chance on Utrecht.
However, do understand that this is a knockout of a cup competition, and that Groningen have the home advantage. They have nothing more to lose if they go behind in the scoreline, and this will force them to go into a more attack-minded gameplay.
At one point or another, this should fetch the hosts a goal. Also understand that only once this season have Utrehct kept a clean sheet on the road.
Likely, BTTS emerges as a favorable bet this Thursday.
FC Groningen vs FC Utrecht Betting Tips
Double Chance: FC Utrecht or Draw @ 1.50 (1/2)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.67 (2/3).