The Eredivisie continues this weekend, and on Sunday, fifth-placed Feyenoord play host to seventh-placed FC Groningen.
With just two points separating these two sides, this promises to be an intriguing match.
Feyenoord will aim to continue their unbeaten domestic run this season, but Groningen could be the side that finally breaks their resolve.
Feyenoord vs Groningen Head-to-Head
Feyenoord remain unbeaten in Eredivisie action, with a strong record of four wins and three draws. Last weekend saw them overcome FC Emmen, winning 2-3 thanks to an injury-time goal from Naoufal Bannis.
They also picked up a win in the Europa League this week, defeating CSKA Moscow 3-1 at De Kuip.
Groningen have been on a strong run of their own in recent games. They upset Ajax 1-0 in early October, and have won their last two games, most recently defeating VVV-Venlo. Their last loss came to FC Twente back in September.
Last season saw the two sides draw 1-1 in Groningen, but the return fixture was scrapped when COVID-19 curtailed the Eredivisie campaign.
Feyenoord form guide: D-D-L-W-W
Groningen form guide: L-W-D-W-W
Feyenoord vs. Groningen Team News
Feyenoord have Luis Sinisterra and Sven van Beek back in training, but this game might be a little too soon for either of them to feature.
Leroy Fer, Robert Bozenik and Nicolai Jorgensen will definitely be sidelined with injury, while Christian Conteh and Bart Nieuwkoop may also miss out due to knocks.
Injured: Leroy Fer, Robert Bozenik, Nicolai Jorgensen
Doubtful: Luis Sinisterra, Sven van Beek, Christian Conteh, Bart Nieuwkoop
Veteran winger Arjen Robben is Groningen’s only injury concern for this game. He’s likely to be sidelined until early December.
Injured: Arjen Robben
Feyenoord vs Groningen Predicted XI
Feyenoord predicted XI (4-3-3): Justin Bijlow, Lutsharel Geertruida, Uros Spajic, Marcos Senesi, Tyrell Malacia, Mark Diemers, Jens Toornstra, Orkun Kokcu, Steven Berghuis, Bryan Linssen, Ridgeciano Haps
Groningen predicted XI (4-3-3): Sergio Padt, Damil Dakerlui, Wessel Dammers, Ko Itakura, Bart van Hintum, Azor Matusiwa, Ahmed El Messaoudi, Daniel van Kaam, Alessio da Cruz, Jorgen Strand Larsen, Patrick Joosten
Feyenoord vs Groningen Prediction
This could well be a tight game to call. Groningen are not as strong as Feyenoord on paper, but the hosts do have some key players unavailable and the visitors have been in excellent form.
Groningen’s defence will have to keep a close eye on Berghuis and Mats, but if they can keep them quiet, there’s no reason the visitors can’t secure a point in this encounter.
Prediction: Feyenoord 1-1 GroningenPublished 06 Nov 2020, 16:36 IST