Groningen vs Excelsior Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 25/02/2023

FC Groningen
25/02/23 - 15:30

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Excelsior

FC Groningen - Excelsior

Netherlands Eredivisie - Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium

* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Groningen vs Excelsior Best Picks and Predictions

Two of the worst defenses in the Eredivisie are meeting, but this Groningen vs Excelsior match has other connotations as well.

Over 2.5 Goals

When teams that concede a lot of goals meet, it is a logical choice to go for over goals. So, this Groningen vs Excelsior prediction is based on the fact that these teams are top three when it comes to the worst defense in the league. Out of the last five matches for Groningen, two of them ended with over 2.5 goals, while with Excelsior it's three out of five. When we look at their h2h matchup, once again they played ‘over' goals in three matches from five encounters. Overall, the season stats concerned over/under the line, Groningen had 13 games with more than three goals scored, one more than their next opponent. It is also relevant to acknowledge meetings by these teams in Groningen, only two matches had at least three goals in the back of the net.

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Draw

Maybe it's not the best choice considering that these teams haven't played many draws, not only against each other but overall. Excelsior only had two draws this season, by far the smallest number. Their most common result was a loss, they have 14 which is one of the highest marks in the league thus explaining their ranking which has gone in the wrong direction even though they had a bright first few months of the season. Groningen is searching for a way out of the relegation zone, last week they had a chance against Emmen, one of their main rivals for the drop zone, but they failed to win, getting a 2-2 draw. Groningen had a couple of draws in their last five games while Excelsior had one. In the last ten h2h matches, they played only two draws, and the most recent one was in the Dutch Cup two years ago. Their first meeting this season ended with a 1-0 Excelsior win.

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Statistical Information with Latest Odds for Groningen vs Excelsior prediction

Here are the top stats for the game along with a tool to help you pick the best odds.

Head to Head

15/12/21

Netherlands Cup Netherlands

Excelsior

Excelsior

FC Groningen

FC Groningen

2

4

06/04/19

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

FC Groningen

FC Groningen

Excelsior

Excelsior

1

0

02/11/18

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

Excelsior

Excelsior

FC Groningen

FC Groningen

2

4

29/04/18

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

FC Groningen

FC Groningen

Excelsior

Excelsior

4

0

17/12/17

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

Excelsior

Excelsior

FC Groningen

FC Groningen

2

0

Last Five - FC Groningen

18/02/24

Netherlands Eerste Divisie EER

FC Eindhoven

FC Eindhoven

FC Groningen

FC Groningen

0

3

W

11/02/24

Netherlands Eerste Divisie EER

Top Oss

Top Oss

FC Groningen

FC Groningen

0

3

W

08/02/24

Netherlands Cup Netherlands

Fortuna Sittard

Fortuna Sittard

FC Groningen

FC Groningen

0 (3)

0 (4)

W

02/02/24

Netherlands Eerste Divisie EER

FC Dordrecht

FC Dordrecht

FC Groningen

FC Groningen

1

0

L

26/01/24

Netherlands Eerste Divisie EER

AZ Reserves

AZ Reserves

FC Groningen

FC Groningen

1

4

W

Last Five - Excelsior

17/02/24

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

Excelsior

Excelsior

4

2

L

10/02/24

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

FC Twente

FC Twente

Excelsior

Excelsior

3

0

L

02/02/24

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

Almere City FC

Almere City FC

Excelsior

Excelsior

2

1

L

27/01/24

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

Excelsior

Excelsior

1

1

D

19/01/24

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

Heerenveen

Heerenveen

Excelsior

Excelsior

0

3

W

These are the current Groningen vs Excelsior odds provided by the bookmakers:

Groningen odds: 1/1 (2.00) – 50%

Draw odds: 11/4 (3.75) – 26.7%

Excelsior odds: 13/5 (3.50) – 28.6%

The bookmakers give the nod towards Groningen, but considering all the circumstances it is best to look at other options available: Looking at the goals scenarios, a First Half Correct Score of 1-1 gets you odds of 13/2 (7.50) – 13.3%. With the home team's bad run of form, Excelsior might be worth the risk with a Double Chance that is valued at 5/6 (1.83) – 54.5%.

Team Information, Preview, and Groningen vs Excelsior Lineups

Groningen

It has been so long since the last time Groningen players experienced a victory that probably most of them already forget how it feels. Groningen beat PSV 4-2 at the back end of October, and since then they only know about losses and a few draws on occasion. Groningen has produced some very familiar players over the years and the pure notion of them being relegated is something nobody in the club wants to contemplate. The home team has a few injury issues: Mads Bech Sorensen, Nordin Musampa, Laros Duarte, Luciano Valente, and Paulos Abraham are out of the tie.

Possible lineup: Verrips, Van Gelderen, Blokzijl, Balker, Dybvik, Hove, Oratmangoen, Suslov, Irandust, Pepi, Manu.

Excelsior

The Rotterdam team's chances of having a comfortable season sitting in the middle of the table have gone out the window quickly, and they are now on the boundaries of the relegation zone. The main reason certainly lies in the fact that they have conceded 48 goals which is one of the worst marks in the league. Kik Pierie and Jacky Donkor are injured. Redouan el Yaakoubi is suspended.

Possible lineup: van Gassel, Tjoe a On, Awoudja, Nieuwpoort, Horemans, Koopmeiners, Baas, Lamprou, Goudmijn, Azarkan, Kharchouch.

Starting lineups

Starting lineups are usually released 60 minutes before kick-off.

FC Groningen

FC Groningen
4-2-3-1
20
Michael Verrips
nl
19
Liam Van Gelderen
nl
42
Thijmen Blokzijl
nl
12
Radinio Balker
nl
18
Isak Dybvik Maatta
no
34
Ragnar Oratmangoen
nl
8
Johan Hove
no
10
Daleho Irandust
se
7
Tomas Suslov
sk
28
Elvis Manu
nl
9
Ricardo Pepi
us
Substitutes
4
Joey Pelupessy
nl
40
Luciano Valente
nl
55
Thom Van Bergen
nl
25
Jan De Boer
nl
26
Kian Slor
nl
31
Aimar Sher
se
2
Damil Dankerlui
nl
1
Peter Leeuwenburgh
nl
37
Matej Chalus
cz
15
Jetro Willems
nl
6
Laros Duarte
nl
23
Florian Kruger
de

Excelsior

Excelsior
4-3-3
1
Stijn Van Gassel
nl
2
Siebe Horemans
be
16
Sven Nieuwpoort
nl
34
Serano Seymor
nl
28
Nathan Tjoe-a-On
nl
15
Noah Naujoks
nl
23
Peer Koopmeiners
nl
33
Julian Baas
nl
10
Marouan Azarkan
nl
7
Nikolas Agrafiotis
nl
22
Lazaros Lamprou
gr
Substitutes
29
Mike Van Duinen
nl
38
Pascal Kuiper
nl
24
Nathan Markelo
cw
18
Norbert Alblas
nl
5
Adrian Fein
de
9
Reda Kharchouch
nl
8
Kenzo Goudmijn
nl
12
Arthur Zagre
fr
6
Joshua Eijgenraam
nl

Player to Watch: Florian Kruger

Even though Ricardo Pepi has been the outstanding player for Groningen this season, there has to be someone else to excel as well. That notion goes to the 24-year-old German striker Florian Kruger who, thus far, scored three goals with a single assist.

Netherlands Eredivisie

Q&A about Groningen vs Excelsior prediction

  • When is the match scheduled? – Saturday, February 25th at 15:30 BST (16:30 CET)
  • Who is Groningen's top scorer? – Ricardo Pepi scored 8 goals
  • Who won the last match they played? – Excelsior won 1-0

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