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Excelsior vs Heerenveen Predicitions and Free Bets
A couple of teams that are struggling with form will meet in Rotterdam, both with chances to further their season with a positive result.
Over 2.5 Goals
Only Volendam has conceded more goals this season than Excelsior who have allowed 31 goals. When it comes to over/under games, they have three ‘over' matches in a row, and eight overall which is tied for the third-best mark in the league. Heerenveen is in the bottom half of these rankings with a split 6-6.
Both Teams to Score – Yes
In the past eight matches between these teams, only two didn't involve both teams scoring a goal. Currently, both teams are on a streak, Excelsior played five BTTS games in a row, while Heerenveen is at number three. The important fact is that these teams usually play an open style of football when they go against each other, so we might see some goals.
Preview and information about Excelsior vs Heerenveen
Can Excelsior finally find the defensive strength?
Looking at their current record, Excelsior is deceptively good, they are lying at the 11th spot in Eredivisie, but only have a five-point advantage over Cambuur who are behind the relegation zone line. Excelsior did have some positive results this term, but they also suffered some bad losses like the one at Ajax when they lost 7-1. These kinds of defeats can take a mental hit for the team, but Excelsior managed to recover from that loss by beating AZ Alkmaar at home. Last week, they suffered their seventh defeat of the season losing to Go Ahead Eagles. Consistency is the problem for coach Marinus Dijkhuizen, alongside efficiency upfront. Reda Kharchouch is the only center-forward who scored at least two goals which are still below expectations.
Excelsior probable lineup: van Gassel, Horemans, el Yaakoubi, Seymor, Markelo, Ayoub, Baas, Goudemijn, Azarkan, Kharchouch, Lamprou.
Heerenveen is one of the low-scoring teams in the league with a goal difference of 13-12 after twelve matches played. Excelsior is about inconsistency, while at Heerenveen it's the other way around. They won only four matches but somehow they are still in the hunt for European places trailing Utrecht by only a single point at the seventh position. Heerenveen is also very positive when playing away from home, they tasted only one loss, and are undefeated in their past three matches as visitors. Coach Kees van Wonderen doesn't have to worry about injuries, he has a full team at his disposal which is especially important for star striker Sydney van Hooijdonk who is the team's top scorer with six goals.
Heerenveen's probable lineup: Noppert, Kohlert, Bochniewicz, van Beek, van Ewijk, Sarr, Tahiri, Haye, Olsson, Al-Hajj, van Hooijdonk.
Excelsior: Sven Nieuwpoort is doubtful.
Heerenveen: No news to report.
Key facts about Excelsior vs Heerenveen
- Who is the best scorer between these teams? – Sydney van Hooijdonk scored 6 goals for Heerenveen
- Who is the favorite according to bookmakers? – Heerenveen is the favorite
- When is the kick-off? – 20:00 BST, 21:00 CET