Heracles will be playing hosts to Fortuna Sittard at the Polman Stadion for their 22nd game in the Dutch League. Things have been bumpy for Heracles lately as they lost four of their last five games and occupy the 10th spot with 26 points on board. Meanwhile, Fortuna Sittard is three points behind Heracles at 13th with 23 points. Having said that, Fortuna Sittard has won two, drawn two and lost one of their last five with their most recent game being a 2-1 win at home to Heerenveen.
Date- Saturday, February 8
Kick-Off- 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue- Polman Stadion
Robin Propper is doubtfull to start for the hosts, while Navajo Bakboord and Jesper Dost are ruled out due to injuries. Merkel and Kiomourtzoglu are expected to fill in at central midfield, while Silvester van der Water, Mauro Junior and Jeremy Cijntje are likely to fill in at the advanced role, while Cyriel Dessers could lead the line of attack.
Djibril Dianessy is the only player who sits out the upcoming fixture due to injury. Head-coach, Sjors Ultee is expected to go with the same eleven that featured in the 2-1 win against Heerenveen. Angha, Ninaj, Dammers and Cox should be forming the backline, while Carbonelli and Teki are the likely holding midfielders. Passlack, Diemer and Ciss should be coming in at the advanced role, while Vitalie Damascan would feature upfront.
HRA (Expected Playing 11)- Blaswich; Hardeveld, Knoester, Propper, Breukers; Kiomourtzoglou, Merkel; Cijntje, Junior, Water; Dessers
FTS (Expected Playing 11)- Coselev; Angha, Ninaj, Dammers, Cox; Carbonell, Tekie; Passlack, Dimers, Ciss; Damascan
Cyriel Dessers has been one of the top performers for Heracles. The 25-year-old has 12 goals, five assists and a have a pass accuracy 69.9% from 1862 minutes in the league this season.
Mark Diemers can play a pivotal role in the advanced role for Fortuna Sittard. Diemers has six goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 80% from 21 appearances this season.
Mauro Junior can be lethal in the attacking midfield role for Heracles. Junior has six goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 80.7% from 1727 minutes in the league this season.
Vitalie Damscan has impressed at the centre-forward position for Fortuna Sittard. Damascan has six goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 77.6% from 916 minutes in the Dutch League this season.
Heracles are undefeated in nine of their last 10 games against Fortuna Sittard in all competitions. In terms of the last six games, Heracles has won three, drawn two and lost one to Fortuna Sittard.
A draw seems like a possible outcome.
Goalkeeper- J Blaswich
Defenders- G Cox, B Ninaj, J Haredveld, R Propper
Midfielders- A Merkel, M Diemers, A Carbonell
Forwards- V Damascan (VC), S v d Water, C Dessers (C)
Goalkeeper- A Coselev
Defenders- G Cox, W Dammers, J Haredveld, M Knoester
Midfielders- M Junior (C), A Ciss, A Merkel, T Tekie
Forwards- V Damascan, C Dessers (VC)
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