Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Willem II and Groningen take on each other at Konig Willem II Stadion in what is expected to be a close encounter. The Tricolores aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Venlo, with the team eyeing their first Eredivisie win since November 21, 2020. Spain international Pol Llonch remains in the treatment room, but he should be the only absentee in the home team. Groningen, on the other hand, dropped a two-goal advantage in a 2-2 draw with Utrecht at the weekend.
The Green-White Army aim to return to winning ways in the Eredivisie, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Willem II in the midweek fixture. In the first half of the season the two teams played out a 2-2 draw, and seeing that the Tricolores are desperate to put an end to their three-game winless run on home soil, both teams to score betting option should once again be considered.
Highlighted Player (Robbin Ruiter):
Robbin Ruiter is a Dutch professional goalkeeper who plays for Eredivisie club Willem II. Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands on March 25, 1987, the 196-cm-tall shot-stopper is a product of RKAV Volendam youth team.
Speaking of his senior career, Ruiter began playing for FC Volendam. After making 70 league appearances for the Het Andere Oranje, the goalkeeper joined Utrecht in 2012 where he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. After short spells with Sunderland and PSV, Robbin Ruiter signed a two-year contract with Willem II in the summer of 2020. It has to be noted that he did well to make it to the EFL Trophy final with Sunderland in the 2018/19 season.
The Black Cats suffered a loss to Portsmouth in the decider, with the Pompey winning the trophy after penalty shoot-out. Robin Ruitter has yet to make his debut with the Netherlands national football team.
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.