FC Oss v Roda JC
The second division games for this weekend are spread out over several days, due to the round of cup matches earlier this week. FC Oss en Roda JC played their cup match on Tuesday already, so they play each other this Friday. For both sides the first round of the cup marked the end of their cup aspirations for this year. FC Oss was eliminated by Almere City and the visitors lost on penalties to second division leaders Heracles Almelo.
Roda JC played a decent match against Heracles, but the story of their season is that they are extremely inconsistent. They exchanged excellent matches with shockers and they lost the last two away games. FC Oss aren’t having the best of seasons and are sitting close to the bottom of the table, but they were unlucky in the defeat against Eindhoven last week and also deserved more in the home defeat against MVV in the week before that, so they haven’t had their share of luck either.
Roda JC are extremely dependent on Dylan Vente for their goals. The striker scored more than half of Roda’s goals in the Eerste Divisie and leads the charge for top goalscorer in the league, but apart from Vente this Roda side doesn’t have that much to offer. After 120 minutes and a nerve wrecking penalty series on Tuesday night, Roda might not be that fresh for this away game and that could cost them.
Willem II v Almere City
Almere City are in a positive flow lately. They won four out of the last five matches and climbed up to the top half of the table. For Willem II things aren’t going that well. They are still two points ahead of Almere, but only picked up three points from their last three league games. That and the elimination in the cup midweek doesn’t bid well for Kevin Hofland’s side. The manager stands for a steady defence and not much flair going forward, but the five games in a row without keeping a clean sheet haven’t been to Hofland and the club’s liking, especially given the quality of the opponents like FC Den Bosch, Helmond Sport and FC Oss.
The pressure is on for Hofland, because with the squad they have, Willem II should be in it with a shout for direct promotion. Almere City want to get promoted and they are finally in a position where that could happen after a disastrous last season and a pretty poor start of the new one, so confidence is there in Almere. They have been the better side in each of the last five games they played and I suspect them to get a result in the tough away game against Willem II.
MVV Maastricht v FC Den Bosch
MVV are one of the surprises of this season, with a decent attacking style of play, manager Maurice Verberne has them sitting in fourth place after 11 games, a position they haven’t had in several years. They were a bit lucky in the 1-1 draw against Jong PSV last week, but other than that, their current points total isn’t flattering for the Southern side. MVV did have a bit of a shocker in the cup against top division side Excelsior, but w in this home game they should be able to set that straight.
FC Den Bosch have upped their game a bit recently with four victories in the last five games which lifted them from the bottom of the table, but they are still only sixteenth, far away from the play-off spots. In the cup midweek, Den Bosch didn’t start well against the amateurs of GVVV, trailing at half-time, but they managed to turn it around in time to qualify for the next round. Den Bosch won’t be bringing any fans to Maastricht, as repetitive fan violence in away games has made the board decide to suspend bringing any away fans to their games until further notice.
MVV aren’t known for their spectacular fan base, but the current form and the lack of possible clashes with away fans in this game should mean they’ll see a fair bit of extra people come to the stadium. With MVV’s current form and the fans behind the team, they should be able to claim a victory here.
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