VVV-Venlo vs Excelsior
Date: Saturday, 9 March 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Covebo Stadion – De Koel – (Venlo).
VVV will be looking to arrest the current slump in form with success on Saturday evening when they play host to bottom-half rivals Excelsior. The hosts seriously compromised their ambitions of avoiding the relegation scrap with a streak of three consecutive defeats. The Good Old conceded seven goals in the process, but did show an encouraging attacking effort last weekend in a narrow 3-2 defeat to the likes of Groningen.
Maurice Steijn’s men generally played attractive football which brought them success on the home patch so far in the season. The Good Old have a fine home record of 5 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats in 11 matches at De Koel. The lack of meticulousness at the back, however, caused the aforementioned negative thread. Can Venlo keep things quiet defensively against Excelsior here?
VVV-Venlo vs Excelsior: Head-to-head
Excelsior will fancy their chances of an upset if we are to judge by the most recent head to head trend.
The Kralingers won three and lost one of past four meetings with VVV.
Excelsior are also unbeaten in last three away matches with VVV (two wins and a draw in the process).
VVV-Venlo vs Excelsior Prediction
The visitors had a turbulent campaign packed with ups and downs throughout the entire season. They are three points shy of VVV in the bottom half of the standings, but also just two above the relegation play-offs.
A win here would be huge for the Kralingers, but to get one they need to score a goal. Adrie Poldervaart’s men failed to do so in last two league outings as they drew 0-0 away at Utrecht and lost 0-2 at home to PSV.
We have to say it was quite a challenging schedule for the visitors who are finally looking at a winnable affair here. We will be brave enough to go with Excelsior’s win as the main betting option at sky-high 3.60 odds based on VVV’s recent slump in form. Also, the Kralingers won two and drew one of past three head to head encounters on the road.
VVV-Venlo vs Excelsior Bet Tips
Excelsior to win @ 3.60 (13/5)
Excelsior to keep a clean sheet @ 4.50 (7/2).