FC Groningen vs SC Heerenveen Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Venue: Noordlease Stadion

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FC Groningen vs SC Heerenveen Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

FC Groningen and SC Heerenveen will be facing each other at the Noordlease Stadion on Sunday afternoon for the opening round of the new Eredivisie season. FC Groningen lost 0-2 at home at the hands of Real Sociedad last week, while SC Heerenveen were beaten 4-0 by Genoa. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

I’m expecting goals in this one as both sides looked solid in front of the goal in pre-season. Furthermore, four of the last five meetings between these two sides have seen at least three goals scored. I’m also backing Heerenveen to pick up at least one point here as they have brought in some decent players this summer.

Over 2.5 goals at 3/5

SC Heerenveen Draw No Bet at 5/4

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

FC Groningen saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against SC Heerenveen

SC Heerenveen saw over 1.5 goals in 10 out of their last 10 games played

SC Heerenveen scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played against FC Groningen

AVG Goals

0.9

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

2

Lost

5
L A

20-08-2017

Eredivisie

Ajax Team Logo Ajax

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

27-08-2017

Eredivisie

FC Utrecht Team Logo FC Utrecht

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

01-09-2017

Club Friendlies

St. Pauli Team Logo St. Pauli

FT 3 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

10-09-2017

Eredivisie

VVV-Venlo Team Logo VVV-Venlo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

16-09-2017

Eredivisie

NAC Breda Team Logo NAC Breda

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

21-09-2017

KNVB Cup

USV Hercules Team Logo USV Hercules

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

24-09-2017

Eredivisie

FC Twente Team Logo FC Twente

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

30-09-2017

Eredivisie

PEC Zwolle Team Logo PEC Zwolle

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

15-10-2017

Eredivisie

AZ Alkmaar Team Logo AZ Alkmaar

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

20-10-2017

Eredivisie

Willem II Team Logo Willem II

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

SC Heerenveen Form Guide

SC Heerenveen Team Logo

SC Heerenveen

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
D A

13-08-2017

Eredivisie

FC Groningen Team Logo FC Groningen

FT 3 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D H

19-08-2017

Eredivisie

Heracles Team Logo Heracles

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

26-08-2017

Eredivisie

ADO Den Haag Team Logo ADO Den Haag

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

30-08-2017

Club Friendlies

PEC Zwolle Team Logo PEC Zwolle

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

10-09-2017

Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven Team Logo PSV Eindhoven

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

16-09-2017

Eredivisie

Excelsior Team Logo Excelsior

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

20-09-2017

KNVB Cup

Excelsior Team Logo Excelsior

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

23-09-2017

Eredivisie

Willem II Team Logo Willem II

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

01-10-2017

Eredivisie

Ajax Team Logo Ajax

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

14-10-2017

Eredivisie

FC Utrecht Team Logo FC Utrecht

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

FC Groningen Preview

FC Groningen had a successful pre-season campaign as they have only lost once in five friendlies. Prior to their 0-2 defeat against Real Sociedad, Groningen managed to score at least two goals in each of their previous four friendly fixtures. FC Groningen finished only in 8th spot in the Eredivisie standings last season but were allowed to participate in the Eredivisie Europa League play-offs as the 7th-placed FC Twente are banned from playing in the European competitions. However, FC Groningen were able to reach only the Semi-finals where they suffered a humiliating 8-2 aggregate loss at the hands of AZ Alkmaar. FC Groningen have been pretty active throughout this summer transfer window as no more than nine players have left the club, while they brought in seven new signings. Uriel Antuna, Todd Kane and Ritsu Doan all came on loan from Manchester City U23, Chelsea and Gamba Osaka respectively, while Kevin Begois and Mike te Wierik joined the club on free transfers from PEC Zwolle and Heracles. In addition, FC Groningen paid €375,000 for Kortrijk’s striker Lars Veldwijk. Groningen can count on their home form ahead of this tie as they have only lost twice in their last 13 Eredivisie fixtures.

FC Groningen Team News

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

SC Heerenveen Preview

SC Heerenveen have also had a strong pre-season campaign, losing just once in six friendlies. Their sole defeat came at the hands of Genoa in their most recent friendly game last weekend. SC Heerenveen finished 9th in the standings during the regular season last term, and similar to their opponents they were eliminated from the Eredivisie Europa League play-offs following a 5-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of FC Utrecht. Their form towards the back of the previous campaign was awful as they have lost seven of their last nine league games. However, it seems that Heerenveen have strengthened their squad throughout the summer as they brought in five new players. Nemanja Mihajlovic, Denzel Dumfries, Lucas Woudenberg and Warner Hahn have all joined the club for a total fee of €3.65m while Daniel Hoegh came on a free transfer from Basel. In terms of departures, their most notable player is Jeremiah St. Juste, who left the club for a move to Feyenoord for €4.8 million. The most worrying fact is that Heerenveen’s away form in the last months of the previous season has seen them lose eleven games in a row. The good news is that Heerenveen are undefeated in the last two meetings with Groningen, conceding none in the process.

SC Heerenveen Team News

Reza Ghoochannejhad is the only doubtful player for Heerenveen ahead of this trip.

FC Groningen Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.3

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

SC Heerenveen 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

FC Groningen vs SC Heerenveen Sidelined Players

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Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Sergio Padt 197 82
4 LB Mike te Wierik 191 73
3 CD Kasper Larsen 190 83
21 RB Django Warmerdam 180 66
6 CD Etienne Reijnen 189 80
10 CM Mimoun Mahi 181 70
7 CDM Juninho Bacuna 185 75
8 CDM Ruben Yttergaard Jenssen 173 71
17 CM Jesper Drost 175 75
25 CM Ritsu Doan 172 70
9 CF Lars Veldwijk 196 91
No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Warner Hahn 190 96
16 RB Lucas Woudenberg 186 74
2 LB Denzel Dumfries 189 80
3 CD Daniel Hoeegh 190 74
4 CD Joost van Aken 178 75
8 CM Morten Thorsby 186 72
6 CM Stijn Schaars 178 75
21 CM Yuki Kobayashi 181 67
10 LF Martin Oedegaard 176 68
9 CF Reza Ghoochannejhad 180 76
13 RF Arber Zeneli 172 60