VVV Venlo will be welcoming Heracles to De Koel for their 23rd fixture in the Dutch League. Venlo is currently 16th in Eredivisie with 21 points on board and have gone unbeaten in the last four games with three draws and a 2-1 win against RKC Waalwijk. Meanwhile, Heracles brought an end to their three-match losing streak by registering a 2-0 win over Fortuna Sittard lately. Heracles currently occupy the 9th spot in the league with 29 points on board.
Date- Saturday, February 15
Kick-Off- 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue- De Koel
Roy Gelmi, Aaron Bastiaans and Evert Linthorst are on the sidelines due to injury for the hosts. With that being said, Hans de Koning should persist with a similar eleven that featured in the 1-1 draw to SC Heerenveen. Paschonik, Roseler, Christian Kum and Roel Janssen should be forming the defensive backline. Thomas Bruns, Danny Post and Peter van Ooijen are likely to fill in at midfield, while, Jonathan Opoku, Oussama Darfalou and Jerome Sinclair could lead the attack.
Navajo Bakboord and Jasper Drost are ruled out due to injuries for the away side. Keeping that aside, head-coach Frank Wormuth is also likely to persist with the same side that featured in the 2-0 win versus Fortuna Sittard. Hardeveld, Knoester, Propper and Breaukers would be in charge of the defence, with Blaswich in at goal. Alexander Merkel, Mauro Junior and Mohammed Osman will be in contention to accommodate midfield, while, Delano Burgzog, Cyriel Dessers and Silvester van der Water should compile the front three.
VNO (Expected Playing 11)- Krischbaum; Pachoni, Roseler, Kum, Janssen; Bruns, Post, Ooijen; Opoku, Darfalou, Sinclair
HER (Expected Playing 11)- Blaswich; Hadeveld, Knoester, Propper, Breaukers; Merkel, Junior, Osman; Burgzorg, Dessers, Water
Jonatan Opoku has been one of the standouts for Venlo. Opoku has six goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 61.4% from 964 minutes in the Dutch League this season.
Cyriel Dessers has been pivotal on the attacking front for Heracles. The 25-year-old has 14 goals, five assists and a pass accuracy of 69.8% from 22 appearances this season.
Peter van Ooijen can be vital in the advanced role for Venlo. Ooijen has five goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 75% from 1650 minutes in the league this season.
Mauro Junior has secured six goals, three assists and has a pass accuracy of 81.5% from 22 appearances in the league this season.
From the last six games between the two sides, it’s Heracles who has had the upper hand with five wins in contrast to VVV Venlo’s solitary win.
Considering Heracles’ recent run of results versus Venlo, they should be walking in as the favourites to win.
Goalkeeper- T Kirschbaum
Defenders- N Roseler, M Knoester, R Propper, T Breukers
Midfielders- A Merkel, M Junior (VC), J Opoku, D Post
Forwards- C Dessers (C), J Sinclair
Goalkeeper- J Blaswich
Defenders- R Propper, N Roseler, M Knoester
Midfielders- J Opoku, P v Ooijen, A Merkel, D Post, D Burgzorg
Forwards- C Dessers, J Sinclair
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