Willem II was set as a slight underdog away to FC Emmen last weekend and the team did look combative but failed to be even more competitive. In overall quite an open game, it was the home team that simply looked far more effective.
The guests tried to get back into the match and temporarily leveled up in the 58th minute via Llonch, but were overrun and vulnerable on counter-attacks in the last thirty minutes only managing to reduce via penalty kick later on.
They now have no victory in the last three rounds and the team stands five points behind third-placed Feyenoord.
Willem II team news
The home side will miss injured duo, left-back Heerkens (22/3) and right-back Lewis (3/0).
After two consecutive victories, over Vitesse and Sparta Rotterdam, players of Groningen surprised in a negative way, suffering a narrow home loss against Venlo last weekend 0:1. The only goal came in the 87th minute, somewhat against the flow of the match.
It was the home team that had more of the ball possession and especially tried to risk towards the end, but overall, their chances created weren’t as concrete as it should have been. They are three points behind the playoff zone and improvement is needed in their situation.
Groningen team news
The guests will miss left-back Warmerdam (21/1), midfielder Hrustic (23/3) and offensive midfielder Gudmundsson (11/2).
Willem II have seen over 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 13 home matches against FC Groningen.
Not only likely outcome, but valuable choice too
Willem II is looking to get back on the positive run and in case they are to right for the higher positions, this match comes as a must-win for them. Groningen also needs to risk here, since a point won’t mean much in a battle for the playoff positions. Goals do look more likely than what the odds suggest at this moment.