FC Groningen vs FC Utrecht Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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FC Groningen vs FC Utrecht Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

FC Utrecht will look for their third consecutive win in this early part of the new Eredivisie season when they travel to the Noordlease Stadion to take on FC Groningen on Sunday afternoon. FC Groningen lost 3-1 on the road at Ajax last weekend, with their consolation goal being scored by Oussama Idrissi late in the game. Utrecht, on the other hand, won 2-0 at home over Willem II thanks to two early goals from Zakaria Labyad and Cyriel Dessers. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Utrecht are a strong side at the moment and they proved that in their two-legged tie against Zenit in the Europa League, despite being eliminated from the competition. I think they can challenge for the top four and they should definitely have enough quality within their ranks to pick up all three points.

Utrecht to win at 6/4

Over 2.5 goals at 3/5

FC Groningen saw over 1.5 goals in 10 out of their last 10 games played

FC Groningen saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht saw over 1.5 goals in 10 out of their last 10 games played

FC Utrecht saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against FC Groningen

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

FC Groningen Form Guide

FC Groningen Team Logo

FC Groningen

Won

3

Draw

5

Lost

2
D A

16-02-2018

Eredivisie

VVV-Venlo Team Logo VVV-Venlo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

23-02-2018

Eredivisie

NAC Breda Team Logo NAC Breda

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

04-03-2018

Eredivisie

FC Twente Team Logo FC Twente

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

11-03-2018

Eredivisie

PEC Zwolle Team Logo PEC Zwolle

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

18-03-2018

Eredivisie

AZ Alkmaar Team Logo AZ Alkmaar

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

22-03-2018

Club Friendlies

Groen Geel

FT 8 - 0

(HT 4 - 0)

L H

01-04-2018

Eredivisie

Ajax Team Logo Ajax

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

08-04-2018

Eredivisie

SC Heerenveen Team Logo SC Heerenveen

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

15-04-2018

Eredivisie

Roda JC Kerkrade Team Logo Roda JC Kerkrade

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

19-04-2018

Eredivisie

FC Utrecht Team Logo FC Utrecht

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

FC Utrecht Form Guide

FC Utrecht Team Logo

FC Utrecht

Won

4

Draw

3

Lost

3
W H

10-02-2018

Eredivisie

PEC Zwolle Team Logo PEC Zwolle

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

18-02-2018

Eredivisie

Roda JC Kerkrade Team Logo Roda JC Kerkrade

FT 1 - 4

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

25-02-2018

Eredivisie

FC Twente Team Logo FC Twente

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

03-03-2018

Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven Team Logo PSV Eindhoven

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

11-03-2018

Eredivisie

Vitesse Team Logo Vitesse

FT 5 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

17-03-2018

Eredivisie

SC Heerenveen Team Logo SC Heerenveen

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

31-03-2018

Eredivisie

Willem II Team Logo Willem II

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 2)

D H

08-04-2018

Eredivisie

ADO Den Haag Team Logo ADO Den Haag

FT 3 - 3

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

15-04-2018

Eredivisie

Feyenoord Team Logo Feyenoord

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

D H

19-04-2018

Eredivisie

FC Groningen Team Logo FC Groningen

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

FC Groningen Preview

FC Groningen were lucky to secure a point from their 3-3 home draw against SC Heerenveen in the opening round, as they fought back from two goals down to level the game thanks to two penalty goals in the last eight minutes of the match. However, they didn’t have the same luck last weekend as they got thrashed 3-1 on the road at Ajax. Groningen have leaked goals early in this campaign and they are now facing a team that have been scoring goals for fun recently. They currently sit in 12th position in the Eredivisie table tied on one point with the 13th-placed Sparta Rotterdam. Despite the recent struggle, Mimoun Mahi has enjoyed a decent start to the new season, helping the team with two goals in his two league appearances. He had an impeccable Eredivisie campaign last season, scoring 17 goals in his 32 league appearances. On home soil, FC Groningen have been a tough nut to crack over the past eight months, losing just three of their last 15 home fixtures across all competitions. The bad news is that Groningen are winless in their last three home meetings with Utrecht in the Eredivisie, conceding at least two goals in each of these.

FC Groningen Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for Groningen ahead of this game.

FC Utrecht Preview

On the other hand, Utrecht kicked off the new season in style, beating the likes of ADO Den Haag and Willem II without conceding a single goal in the process. The bad news is that Utrecht were eliminated from the Europa League competition following a defeat at the hands of Zenit Petersburg in their midweek play-off second-leg clash, losing 2-1 on aggregate. They had a good run however, as they manage to beat Valletta and Lech Poznan prior to their clash with Zenit Petersburg. Away from home, Utrecht have endured a mixed run of form over the past seven months, registering five defeats, three draws and seven victories in their last 15 away games across all competitions. The good thing is that Utrecht have picked up wins in their most recent two visits to the Noordlease Stadion, scoring at least three goals in each of these. Head-to-head, Utrecht have won four of their last five meetings with Groningen across all competitions. The summer signing Cyriel Dessers has enjoyed an incredible start to the season, as he is currently leading the Eredivisie’s goalscoring charts with three goals under his belt.

FC Utrecht Team News

Chris Gurkan David and Patrick Joosten are both doubts, but Anouar Kali is out through injury.

FC Groningen Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

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

FC Utrecht Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.3

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

FC Groningen vs FC Utrecht Sidelined Players

FC Groningen
FC Utrecht
24 Patrick Joosten Injured
9 Simon Makienok Injured
30 Chris David Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Sergio Padt 197 82
3 CD Kasper Larsen 190 83
4 CD Mike te Wierik 191 73
2 LB Todd Kane 180 70
21 RB Django Warmerdam 180 66
20 CD Yoell van Nieff 179 70
17 CM Jesper Drost 175 75
8 CM Ruben Yttergaard Jenssen 173 71
7 CM Juninho Bacuna 185 75
19 CF Tom van Weert 180 73
10 CF Mimoun Mahi 181 70
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK David Jensen 195 92
17 LB Sean Klaiber 179 74
5 CD Dario Dumic 188 85
14 CD Willem Janssen 186 75
28 RB Edson Braafheid 176 71
8 CDM Yassine Ayoub 169 67
18 CM Urby Emanuelson 176 68
10 AM Zakaria Labyad 170 65
22 CM Sander van de Streek 172 65
21 CF Jean-Christophe Bahebeck 182 76
27 CF Lukas Goertler 183 75