Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Following a 1-1 draw with Sparta Rotterdam, Heerenveen will look to return to winning ways when they take on Groningen on Sunday. Heerenveen are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, with the team remaining in the middle of the table. De Superfriezen have little to play for in the season finale, but their pride will surely be at stake. All Nicolas Madsen, Joost van Aken, and Pawel Bochniewicz should miss out with injuries for the home team.
The Green and White Army, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 3-1 loss to Ajax. Heerenveen and Groningen seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and, taking everything into account, the share of spoils is on the cards. Talented defender Melayro Bogarde is pushing for a start, while both Tomas Suslov and Jan Hoekstra are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Erwin Mulder):
Erwin Mulder is an experienced Dutch footballer who plays for Heerenveen as a goalkeeper. Mulder spent his youth career at R.K.P.S.C, Vitesse Arnhem, and Feyenoord, and he continued playing for the Rotterdam club at senior level.
After making 120 appearances in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord, the 193-cm-tall shot-stopper signed for Heerenveen as a free agent in the summer of 2015. It has to be noted, though, that Erwin Mulder was loaned to Excelsior during his spell with Feyenoord. His next stop was Swansea City where he made 29 league appearances before returning to Heerenveen in 2020.
Erwin Mulder was born in Pannerden on March 3, 1989, and he has three caps with the Netherlands U20 team. He has yet to earn a call-up with the Oranje senior team. The Heerenveen goalkeeper was named in the Netherlands Euro 2012 provisional squad, but after the training with the national team, he failed to make the cut.
Highlighted Team (Groningen):
Groningen is a Dutch football clubs that competes in the Eredivisie. Founded on June 16, 1971, Groningen play home games at Euroborg. The venue was built by Ballas Nedam, Royal BAM Group and VolkerWessels, and it can hold up to 22,525 people.
The Trots van het Noorden (Pride of the North) are well known for their white home shirts with red stripes, while purple is the dominant colour of their away kit. Volendam are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Twente as well after the 1980s incidents between their fans. Groningen have yet to win the Eredivisie trophy, but they did well to go all the way in the Dutch Cup in the 2014/15 season.
The green and whites defeated Zwolle 2-0 in the title game. Speaking of their European success, it has to be noted that Groningen participated in the Europa League on two occasions. In the 2015/16 season the Trots van het Noorden booked their place in the group stages of the competition, but they failed to record a win in the process.