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Marinus Dijkhuizen pits his wits against Reinier Robbemond as Excelsio take on the challenge of De Graafschap. The hosts are favourites in this fixture as the battle with Volendam for Eerste Divisie title.
Free Match Tips from Punditfeed for Excelsior vs De Graafschap
Here are some bias-free tips we have put together for Excelsior vs De Graafschap.
Match Result: Excelsior to win @ 3/2 (2.50)
Total Goals: Over 2.5 Goals @ 57/100 (1.57)
Both Teams to Score: Yes @ 53/100 (1.53)
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Excelsior to Win
Defeat to Groningen in the KNV Becker Cup was followed by an away stalemate against Dordecht in the Eerste Divise. With De Graadschap paying them a visit at the Van Donge & De Roo Stadion next, Excelsior will not want to drop more points. The hosts are placed second in the points table with just one defeat from their last eight outings, accruing five wins in the process. The Kralingers should make the Super Farmers pay but should remain wary of their rivals who have claimed three away wins in succession.
Over 2.5 Goals
Fixtures involving the top half side are always tricky to predict. However, our task has been made easy given the teams involved. Their last six duels at Van Donge & De Roo Stadion have concluded with Over 2.5 total goals. This trend has been witnessed in Excelsior and Graafschap’s outings as well. Excelsior last eight home fixtures have followed this pattern, while Graafschap has seen it come to fruition seven times in the same number of away fixtures.
Both Teams to Score: Yes
The last three H2Hs saw both sides hit the back of the net, an eventuality we see for this meeting. Their recent form also suggests this as four of Excelsior’s last five matches concluded in this manner. For the visiting, this tally stands at three in five outings, hence our confidence in plenty of action for scorers at either end of the pitch.
Excelsior vs De Graafschap Fixture Preview
Marinus Dijkhuizen would be pleased with Excelsior’s second-place standing after finishing the last campaign in ninth place. They are six points adrift of pacesetters Volendam but have one match in hand over their rivals. Key to their performances has been the presence of Thijs Dallinga, who has been outstanding with 25 goals to his name.
While Excelsior enjoy their Eerste Divisie results, the same cannot be said about De Graafschap. The Super Farmers barely missed out on automatic promotion last campaign with a third-place finish but have struggled this season. They are trailing leaders by twelve points, dropping nine points in their last five outings. Their attacking unit has let them down with the third-worst output in the top half of the table.
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FAQ about Excelsior vs De Graafschap
When is the kick-off time? The match will be played on January 14, at 20:00 GMT.
What was the last H2H result? De Graafschap won with a 3-1 scoreline.
Who is the player to watch? Thijs Dallinga (Excelsior).