Excelsior vs NEC Nijmegen Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Excelsior vs NEC Nijmegen Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Excelsior will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Eredivisie when they welcome NEC Nijmegen at the Stadion Woudestein on Sunday at lunchtime. Excelsior were beaten 2-1 on the road at SC Heerenveen last time out, despite having had the lead at halftime thanks to an excellent strike from Nigel Hasselbaink. On the contrary, NEC Nijmegen managed a comfortable 3-0 home win over ADO Den Haag, thanks to goals from Kevin Mayi, Mohamed Rayhi and an own-goal by the visitors’s defender Tyronne Ebuehi. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

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Excelsior Preview

Excelsior were on a three-game unbeaten run in the Eredivisie before their 2-1 away defeat at SC Heerenveen last weekend. Their recent form has been awful as they have only won once in their last eleven games in all competitions. The good news is that Excelsior looked much better going forward over the past few weeks, scoring at least two goals in three of their last four games in the Eredivisie. Excelsior currently sit oin 14th place in the league table with 15 points to their name after 16 rounds, just one point clear of the drop zone. Keeping the ball out of the net has been Excelsior’s biggest problem throughout this Eredivisie campaign, as they hold the second worst defensive record in the division with 30 goals conceded in 16 league games. On home soil, Excelsior are currently on a two-game unbeaten run in the Eredivisie, scoring at least three goals in each of these. Furthermore, Excelsior have picked up three victories in their last four league fixtures, scoring at least two goals in each of these. Stanley Elbers and Hicham Faikh are Excelsior’s joint top scorers with four goals each, but their most influential player this season has been Nigel Hasselbaink, who helped the team with three goals and six assists in his 15 league appearances.

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NEC Nijmegen Preview

After an awful run of form between the middle of October to the middle of November, NEC Nijmegen have finally found some consistency. NEC have won two of their last three games in the Eredivisie, including a comfortable 3-0 home victory over ADO Den Haag last weekend. The win lifts NEC Nijmegen in 11th spot in the league table tied on 18 points with the 10th-placed Heracles, and just four points clear of the drop zone. Similar to their Sunday’s opponents, NEC have also struggled to keep the ball out of the net so far this season, conceding 26 goals in 16 league games. Scoring goals has also been an issue for NEC throughout this campaign, as they have one of the worst offensive records in the division with just 16 goals under their belts. Kevin Mayi has been NEC’s top scorer this season, as the 23-year-old striker is currently leading the club’s goalscoring charts with four goals and three assists in his 16 appearances in the Eredivisie. NEC aren’t regarded as good travellers as they have only won once in seven away fixtures in the Eredivisie, and are currently on a three-game winless streak.

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Excelsior Team News

Soares Bordignon Arghus, Mike van Duinen and Danilo Pantic are all missing through injury, while Hicham Faik is a doubt.

NEC Nijmegen Team News

Wojciech Golla, Mikael Dyrestam and Sam Lundholm are all doubts, but Frank Sturing is definitely out through an ankle injury.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Excelsior have looked very strong in front of their own fans recently and their confidence is up since winning the Rotterdam derby against Sparta. Furthermore, Excelsior have won three of their last four home meetings with NEC Nijmegen, scoring at least two goals in each of these. This having been said, I’m backing Excelsior to win, but I’m also expecting NEC to get on the scoresheet.

Excelsior to win at 7/5

Both teams to score - Yes at 4/6

Excelsior saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Excelsior saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against NEC Nijmegen

NEC Nijmegen scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

NEC Nijmegen saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Excelsior

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Excelsior Form Guide

Excelsior Team Logo

Excelsior

Won

3

Draw

4

Lost

3
D A

20-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Go Ahead Eagles Team Logo Go Ahead Eagles

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

NAC Breda Team Logo NAC Breda

FT 1 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

AZ Alkmaar Team Logo AZ Alkmaar

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

11-08-2018

Eredivisie

Fortuna Sittard Team Logo Fortuna Sittard

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

19-08-2018

Eredivisie

Feyenoord Team Logo Feyenoord

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

25-08-2018

Eredivisie

NAC Breda Team Logo NAC Breda

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

01-09-2018

Eredivisie

ADO Den Haag Team Logo ADO Den Haag

FT 2 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

06-09-2018

Club Friendlies

Lokeren Team Logo Lokeren

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

15-09-2018

Eredivisie

Willem II Team Logo Willem II

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

22-09-2018

Eredivisie

SC Heerenveen Team Logo SC Heerenveen

FT 3 - 3

(HT 2 - 0)

NEC Nijmegen Form Guide

NEC Nijmegen Team Logo

NEC Nijmegen

Won

6

Draw

3

Lost

1
D A

28-04-2018

Eerste Divisie

FC Dordrecht Team Logo FC Dordrecht

FT 3 - 3

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

10-05-2018

Eredivisie Qualification

FC Emmen Team Logo FC Emmen

FT 4 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

13-05-2018

Eredivisie Qualification

FC Emmen Team Logo FC Emmen

FT 4 - 1

(HT 4 - 1)

W H

24-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Kayserispor Team Logo Kayserispor

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

17-08-2018

Eerste Divisie

Cambuur Team Logo Cambuur

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

27-08-2018

Eerste Divisie

Jong FC Utrecht Team Logo Jong FC Utrecht

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

31-08-2018

Eerste Divisie

FC Dordrecht Team Logo FC Dordrecht

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

08-09-2018

Eerste Divisie

Roda JC Kerkrade Team Logo Roda JC Kerkrade

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

14-09-2018

Eerste Divisie

Jong PSV Team Logo Jong PSV

FT 4 - 4

(HT 2 - 2)

W A

21-09-2018

Eerste Divisie

Helmond Sport Team Logo Helmond Sport

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

Excelsior Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

NEC Nijmegen Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Excelsior vs NEC Nijmegen Sidelined Players

Excelsior
44 Soares Bordignon Arghus Injured
21 Danilo Pantic Injured
29 Mike van Duinen Injured
NEC Nijmegen

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
22 GK Tom Muyters 187 83
2 LB Khalid Karami 175 73
4 CD Henrico Drost 183 80
5 RB Bas Kuipers 180 72
15 CD Jurgen Mattheij 191 84
18 CM Kevin Vermeulen 187 70
24 CM Hicham Faik 188 82
12 CM Jeffry Fortes 181 66
11 RF Stanley Elbers 172 68
7 CF Nigel Hasselbaink 168 60
17 LF Fredy 183 84
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Joris Delle 190 84
15 LB Robin Buwalda 188 82
3 CD Dario Dumic 188 85
4 CD Wojciech Golla 182 80
24 RB Andre Fomitschow 180 74
8 CM Janio Bikel 174 65
19 CM Julian von Haacke 181 70
34 CM Gregor Breinburg 171 70
16 LF Ferdi Kadioglu 173 64
17 CF Jay-Roy Grot 193 93
20 RF Mohamed Rayhi 178 76