Heerenveen vs Willem II
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Sunday, 3rd March 2019
Kick-off at 13.30 UK/ 14.30 CET
Venue: Abe Lenstra Stadion (Heerenveen).
This week is a great opportunity for the teams that sit at the verge of the European spots to make considerable progress towards their objective. Almost all teams in contention are taking on each other, and this fixture involves two of such sides.
They occupy the 10th and 11th spots in the table, separated by a single point, with just Venlo and Groningen above them (who also go against each other this Sunday). A win in this tie would bring two-fold advantages – the obvious three points on offer, and the chance to overtake a direct rival in the race to Europe.
Willem is on the back-foot due to the obvious road-status, and their inferior h2h record against Heerenveen.
Heerenveen vs Willem II Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last five games saw four Heerenveen wins.
- 13 of the last 15 wins were registered by the team at home.
- The last eight meetings at this venue saw seven home wins and a draw.
- Willem has not won at this stadium since 2000.
- Nine of the last twelve games saw the hosts scoring two or more goals at this venue.
Heerenveen vs Willem II Prediction
Heerenveen has an obvious home advantage. Also, they are unbeaten in their last five games and scored two or more goals in 11 of their last 14 matches. At home, the team managed the same feat in five of their last seven attempts. Meanwhile, Willem was winless in four of their last five fixtures and lost three of their last five. Additionally, the team lost their last two games on the road, while conceding a total of five goals.
The most convincing stats come in h2h games though. Heerenveen won four of the last five meetings and seven of the last eight at this venue. Moreover, 13 of the last 15 wins came for the teams at home, and most importantly, Willem has not won on the road against this team, for the last 19 years.
Heerenveen, who knows this is a great opportunity for their European ambitions, will take advantage of this fixture, against an opponent they have dominated for a long period. They are tipped to take the three points, and it’s almost a given that they won’t allow the misfiring Willem offense, which has not scored a goal at this stadium in the last two visits, to score a goal, and particularly not in the first 45 minutes. It’s important that the home team do not go under pressure early on in the game, and for that, a clean sheet in the first half is a must.
Heerenveen vs Willem II Betting Tips
SC Heerenveen to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
The Hosts to Keep a Clean Sheet in the First Half @ 1.60 (3/5).