Sittard was quite competitive in the first halftime away to Zwolle, but once they had to play with a man less (midfielder Ciss got excluded towards the end of the first halftime), it was much more difficult for them.
The home side stood playing with ten men too bit later, but also showed far better effectivity and the ball movement overall.
The side now remains above the relegation zone placed teams, while the biggest worry remains way too many goals conceded so far – 35 which is the third-worst defensive line in Eredivisie.
Defender Pinto (7/0) and offensive midfielder Ciss (12/5) should be the only real absentee for the hosts. They have a couple of long-term absentees that didn’t play so far though.
Groningen continued their really good momentum with a home draw against Feyenoord last weekend 1:1.
The guests took the lead in the first halftime, but the home side replied from the penalty kick in the second halftime converted by Memisevic.
Other than that, we can hardly say Groningen was actually much threatening with the visitors probably walking away with all three points on some other occasion.
The side is now just two points behind the playoff zone and would really benefit from a victory in this one.
Forward Breij is a long-term absentee for the guests. They should have no other worry this time.
With the way Groningen plays, it’s very difficult to see them not winning this one. However, neither Sittard looks harmless in front of their own fans – on the contrary.
The visitors are closer to get the three-pointer, but my first option for this one will remain with the goals – in both nets since both teams have bigger quality in attack than how they behave at the back.