With many of those fixtures coming against opposition that is far inferior to De Graafschap, we have to oppose the Eerste Divisie club here and we think that De Graafschap will have enough to see things through.
The value here is with the draw though as the hosts don’t need to chase a victory on the night. 50% Sparta’s league fixtures finished all square this season and that’s the result we’re opting for in this clash, alongside a 1-1 correct score.
RKC earned a gutsy 1-1 draw away to Excelsior in the last round to condemn the Rotterdam side to Eerste Divisie football next term, so it’s clear that Fred Grim’s men are well capable of doing the business outside of Waalwijk on a going day. But their travelling form has been patchy throughout the season and they head into this 2nd Leg on the back of four defeats from their last nine away matches.
That makes the visitors difficult to support in the match betting here, but we’re also hesitant to throw weight behind Go Ahead at a shade of odds-on, as it’s likely to be another tight game. Considering the result and lack of goalmouth action on in Saturday’s 1st Leg, Under 2.5 Goals makes plenty of appeal for the return at a decent price, with a 1-0 home victory the pick in the correct score market.
South Africa’s Veldwijk has scored an impressive twenty-four goals in the league for Sparta Rotterdam this season, but TOP Oss’ Dogan is only three goals behind on twenty-one. We’re confident that a double chance bet on TOP Oss will pay off on Wednesday, but our prediction of a 2-1 win for the visitors won’t be enough for them to progress any further. TOP Oss are the form favourites and will be keen to make up for their disappointing display in the first leg. When these two sides have met recently, the away side has picked up much better results than the hosts, a trend we expect to see continue on Wednesday.
El Jebli top scores for De Graafschap this season with ten goals in the Eredivisie, while van Kippersluis, who also has ten goals to his name, leads the way for Cambuur. We’re confident that both teams will score and over 2.5 goals will be scored on Wednesday, and have predicted a final scoreline of 3-1 to De Graafschap. These two sides have a history of producing goal filled games and their performances heading into the 2nd leg suggests we will see another on Wednesday. De Graafschap have the home advantage and have been playing against higher quality opposition this season, which is why we think the Eredivisie side will progress through to the Final.
Beltrame top scores for Den Bosch this season with fourteen league goals, while teammate Blummel has chipped in with ten. Verheydt has thirteen goals for the visitors and is closely followed by van der Venne on twelve, but Go Ahead Eagles have had some issues scoring of late. We’re confident that Den Bosch will win on Wednesday, and have predicted a final scoreline of 2-0. The hosts have a very good recent record against Go Ahead Eagles, the home advantage, have two away goals to their name, and are the form favourites heading into the 2nd leg.
Messaoud and Ómarsson joint top scored in the Eredivisie for Excelsior this season with seven goals apiece, while Hansson and Seys both netted twelve goals each in the Eerste Divisie for RKC. We’re confident that both teams will score and over 2.5 goals will be produced on Wednesday, and have predicted a final scoreline of 3-2 to Excelsior. Although we are backing Excelsior to win the 2nd leg, a 3-2 scoreline would be enough to see RKC through to the Final via the away goals rule. Both teams head into the game with a lack of clean sheets, but with plenty of goals being scored, and that should make for an entertaining ninety minutes on Wednesday.
Rene Hake’s men were probably flattered by that result in Enschede though considering that Twente had already started their promotion celebrations, and you sense that the Leeuwarden missed their opportunity in this tie by failing to bank a lead in the 1st instalment.
Barring that aforementioned trouncing in Amsterdam, Almere have been a model of consistency under the guidance of Tobiasen and they simply can’t be opposed here in the betting at a shade of odds-against.
Their recent record at Yanmar Stadion is extremely impressive to say the least, and they have netted at least two goals in all but one of their last eight matches in front of their own fans. It means that Cambuur will probably have to notch three or four times here if they are to come out on top, and we just can’t see that happening as City have kept five clean sheets at home since the start of February.
Almere City responded to their first defeat under Ole Tobiasen with a battling 2-1 success over Jong PSV last week, and Schappenkoppen will be focused on finishing the regular season strongly here to ensure that they enter the Play-offs at the Second Round stage. Jong Ajax have remarkably won the last five meetings between the sides and are favourites to come out on top again this Friday, however we think that the visitors will show their class to record an eighth league victory in nine outings. Almere need a point to guarantee a top six finish on Friday so that they avoid entering the Play-offs at the First Round phase, and we think that Ole Tobiasen’s charges will be fully tuned up for this contest in Amsterdam as they won’t want to take any chances.
The head to head stats between the teams are obviously a slight concern, but Jong Ajax should be nowhere near odds-on favourites for this fixture and we’re more than happy to get behind this thriving Almere City side at around 12/5, with a 1-2 correct score predicted.
Visitors Cambuur are in great nick at the moment after landing six victories from their last nine in the league, and Rene Hake’s side have to go into the Play-offs with a genuine chance of following Twente into Eredivisie next season.
Their comprehensive 4-1 triumph over MVV at Cambuurstadion last week means they have now netted a whopping 20 goals in their last six games and on that form they certainly rate as decent value here at around 4/1 to cause a minor upset – despite the fact that Twente won December’s reverse fixture 0-1 in Leeuwarden.