Utrecht vs Groningen
Date: Friday, 8 March 2019
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Galgenwaard (Utrecht).
Utrecht’s fortunes shifted around with a 2-2 draw against PSV in mid-February. They have won two and drawn one since that result to climb up to 6th place in the Eredivisie standings. Dick Advocaat can be particularly thrilled with the rise in form in his team’s defensive displays as Utreg allowed just one goal in past three league affairs. They produced a phenomenal showing at the opposite end on Saturday in the 1-5 thumping of Heracles away in Almelo.
Can the hosts keep such stellar form going in the first match of the 25th round against top-half rivals Groningen at Stadion Galgenwaard? It will be quite a big task for them given the visitors are also flying high coming into this fixture. Pride of the North took as many as 13 out of 15 possible points in past five league affairs. The streak includes an impressive 1-0 victory over Feyenoord as well as last weekend’s 3-2 victory over VVV at Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium.
Utrecht vs Groningen: Head-to-head
Last two head to head encounters between these two likes ended with an identical 1-1 scoreline.
Both teams were on the scoresheet in seven of past eight head to head affairs.
Utrecht were much more successful in games at Stadion Galgenwaard where they won 18, drew 6 and lost 7 against Groningen.
Utrecht vs Groningen: Prediction
Both Utrecht and Groningen improved their defensive showings of late, but we still see the value in backing goals at both ends at the odds of 1.70. Seven of last eight head to head encounters saw such scenario coming, while both teams produced decent attacking showings last weekend.
Utrecht scored 22 goals in 12 home affairs this season. They won six, drew three and lost three of twelve home outings in this term of Eredivisie. If we know Groningen lost six of twelve away matches so far in the campaign, the home win looks to be a decent call at 1.80 odds as well.
Utrecht vs Groningen: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.70 (7/10)
Utrecht to win @ 1.80 (4/5).