Waalwijk vs Heracles prediction, odds & betting tips – 12/01/2024

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Heracles ended 2023 with a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Feyenoord – Photo by Nesimages/Michael Bulder/DeFodi Images – Photo by Icon Sport

This will be the first game back following the Eredivisie's winter break, and while it may not be the usual idea of a blockbuster match filled with quality, it's a clash that means a lot to both sides. That's because Waalwijk need to win this one to move out of the bottom three and throw their opponents into it at their expense.

Waalwijk vs Heracles predictions: Eredivisie relegation battle heats up

Waalwijk vs Heracles predictions
Our pick

⚽ Total goals prediction

Over 2.5

⚽ Correct score prediction

2-1 to Waalwijk

⚽ Anytime goalscorer prediction

Michiel Kramer

The sides are separated by just one point and place in the league table, but confidence in a home win seems very high, even with both sides facing off in a shocking run of form.

Pre-game odds and win probability: Waalwijk clearly favoured by bookies

  • HOME: 22/25 (1.88) – 53.2%
  • DRAW: 14/5 (3.8) – 26.3%
  • AWAY: 5/2 (3.5) – 28.6%

*odds from Ladbrokes, subject to change

Waalwijk also have the slight edge over the past five meetings. Interestingly, those three wins all saw RKC keep a clean sheet, while beating the -1 handicap in the last two of those. As such, despite the home side being in the relegation zone, everything on paper points to a Waalwijk triumph.

Last five H2Hs: First meeting in eighteen months

Netherlands Eredivisie 11/05/22

RKC

RKC

2
Heracles

Heracles

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 26/09/21

Heracles

Heracles

1
RKC

RKC

0

Europe Friendlies 30/07/21

Heracles

Heracles

4
RKC

RKC

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 21/02/21

RKC

RKC

3
Heracles

Heracles

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 17/10/20

Heracles

Heracles

0
RKC

RKC

1

The high incidence of wins to-nil potentially puts a lot of importance on the first goal, meaning this game is likely to be one of tension. But tension often leads to mistakes, so fans can expect a rather high-scoring game as both sides try to force the other into costly mistakes and pick up a much-needed victory.

Team news and form guide

Waalwijk: A must-win clash after just one win in eight

The third-worst team in the Eredivisie have one win in their last eight games, and will have pencilled in this clash as a must-win match.

Predicted lineup: Vaessen – Meijers, Gaari, Adewoye, Lelieveld – Felida, Oukili – Niemeijer – Lokesha, Kramer, Cleonise

Netherlands Eredivisie 24/02/24

L

Fortuna Sittard

Fortuna Sittard

1

RKC

RKC

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 18/02/24

L

Feyenoord

Feyenoord

1

RKC

RKC

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 09/02/24

W

NEC

NEC

0

RKC

RKC

2

Netherlands Eredivisie 03/02/24

L

FC Twente

FC Twente

3

RKC

RKC

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 27/01/24

D

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

1

RKC

RKC

1

Heracles: Coming off the back of three defeats and only two wins since

Heracles started the season in a promising style winning two of their three opening league matches, but since then they have managed to win two further matches, which is why they are staring down the barrel of dropping into the bottom three.

Predicted lineup: Brouwer – Roosken, Hoogma, Sonnenberg, Wieckhoff – De Keersmaecker, Scheperman – Ouahim – Hansson, Sankoh, Limbombe

Netherlands Eredivisie 23/02/24

L

FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht

1

Heracles

Heracles

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 16/02/24

L

PSV

PSV

2

Heracles

Heracles

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 10/02/24

W

Vitesse

Vitesse

2

Heracles

Heracles

3

Netherlands Eredivisie 03/02/24

L

NEC

NEC

3

Heracles

Heracles

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 27/01/24

L

Ajax

Ajax

4

Heracles

Heracles

2

Our free expert picks: 2-1 to Waalwijk with Kramer finding the net

If the outright winner isn't tempting you, we have many more sure-fire free betting tips.

But this game still has plenty to offer. Alternatively, you could opt for the Draw/Waalwijk market at 23/5 (5.6) may be more intriguing, especially with it having a 17.9% chance of landing. However, you could also back the upset and go with Heracles to be winning at half-time only with odds of 14/5 (3.8) which has a more teasing 26.3% chance to come in.

Hot tip – Over 2.5 goals

  • Only two of Waalwijk's eight home games have seen under 2.5 goals this season
  • Heracles have shipped at least two goals in all but two away games across all competitions

Other tips

Waalwijk 2-1 Heracles

  • Waalwijk have scored two goals in three of their four league wins this campaign
  • Heracles have won just once away from home all season

Michiel Kramer to score anytime

  • Kramer is the club's top-scoring striker this season
  • The Dutch striker has two goals in his previous three matches
Kramer
Michiel Kramer has 34 goal involvements in 76 appearances for the relegation-threatened Waalwijk. (Photo by Icon Sport)

Player to watch – Micheil Kramer

Micheil Kramer has been a stunning free transfer signing for Waalwijk. Despite being 35 years old, he is still able to lead the line effectively, and a lot of pressure is on his shoulders to drag Waalwijk up the table with his goals. He's been an excellent servant of Waalwijk since scoring on the opening day of 2021/22, netting a total of 77 goals in the famous yellow and blue stripes.

An equaliser from the spot incoming?

Kramer has become something of a saviour in uncomfortable circumstances, with his last two goals serving as equalisers. Meanwhile, three of his four most recent goals have arrived from the penalty spot, contributing to an all-career success rate of 85.7% – 11 conversions from a possible 13.


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