Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Heracles will look to make a miracle and overcome a three-goal deficit in the tie with Excelsior when the two teams face each other at Erve Asito in the Eredivisie playoffs semis, return leg. The Black and Whites failed to impress in the first leg, but the bookies still see them as favourites to beat Excelsior in front of home fans. All Azzaoui, Blaswich, Kiomourtzoglou, Oubella, and Sierhuis should miss out through injuries, while both Sierra and Roosken are pushing for a start.
The visitors, on the other hand, are on the cusp of making it to the promotion playoffs final. Even though Excelsior are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the return leg, home win should be considered as Heracles have turned their Erve Asito into a real fortress. Talented forward Marouan Azarkan is unlikely to feature for the visiting side after limping off with injury in the first leg.
Highlighted Player (Janis Blaswich):
Janis Blawich is a German footballer who plays for Heracles Almelo as a goalkeeper. Blaswich started his senior career at Borussia Monchengladbach, make 125 appearances for the reserve team. In the 2015/16 season he was loaned to Dynamo Dresden where he made 30 league appearances.
Following his loan spell with the Yellow and Blacks, the 193-cm-tall shot-stopper moved to fellow German side Hansa Rostock, signing yet another loan deal. In 2018 he joined Dutch club Heracles Almelo, and he has been playing for the Heraclieden ever since. Janis Blaswich made his Eredivisie debut on August 11, 2018 in a 1-1 draw with Heracles, and he managed to keep his first clean sheet in the Dutch top flight the following month in a 4-0 win over De Graafschap.
The goalkeeper was born in Willich, Germany on May 2, 1991, and his preferred foot is right. Janis Blaswich wears the No. 1 shirt at Heracles.