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Eredivisie Preview: European spot up for grabs

15 May 2013 17:31

The Eredivisie play-offs get underway on Thursday, with a spot in the UEFA Europa League to play for between four teams.

Twente, who finished sixth, will face a Groningen side who finished just a place below them but will take confidence from their results against Robert Maaskant's men in the Eredivisie this season.

At Groningen in March, Twente were 3-0 winners with goals from Leroy Fer, Dusan Tadic and Luc Castaignos, while the return fixture saw Twente run out 4-1 victors.

Tadic again got on the scoresheet with two goals while Nacer Chadli also bagged a brace with Groningen's consolation coming from Leandro Bacuna.

In terms of form, Twente also come in on the back of some impressive results, winning four of their last six, including a victory against PSV in the last game of the regular Eredivisie season.

Groningen on the other hand are without a victory in their last three games, having lost against PSV and Ajax as well as drawing 0-0 at VVV Venlo.

In the other play-off, fifth-placed FC Utrecht travel to Heerenveen, with three places separating the two sides in the Eredivisie standings.

The two sides played one another only this month, with Utrecht running our 4-2 winners thanks to goals from Jens Toornstra, Jacob Mulenga, Jan Wuytens and Mike van der Hoorn.

Utrecht also won the return fixture in December, with a Mulenga goal and a brace Leon de Kogel securing the three points.

Having won five of their last six games. Utrecht are in good form having recovered well from their 6-0 defeat at AZ Alkmaar.

Heerenveen on the other hand have won just once in their last six outings, beating Willem II 3-2, although they did hold champions Ajax to a 1-1 draw at the Amsterdam Arena in April.

The winner of each semi-final tie will meet for a place in the second round of qualifiers for the Europa League.

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0 - 1

Competition
Eredivisie
Date
16 May 2013
Kick-off
18:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 1
On aggregate
2 - 4
Venue
Euroborg (Groningen)
Attendance
11178

Goals

0 - 1
22' F. Gutiérrez
 (assist by D. Tadić)

Lineups

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Friday 29 April

Thursday 28 April

23:59
23:51
23:12
23:09
21:35
20:58
20:14
19:41
19:27
19:17
19:00
18:58
18:41
18:29
18:25
18:18
18:14
17:59
17:08
17:00
16:27
15:49
15:38
15:22
15:19
15:13
14:30
14:21
14:00
13:56
13:39
13:37
13:17
13:13
12:45
12:16
12:13
10:46
10:06
09:23
07:18
06:58
06:46
05:45
05:03
04:18
03:54
03:48
03:15
03:09
02:33
02:05
02:05
01:38
01:36
01:18
01:17
00:38
00:37
00:24

Wednesday 27 April

23:56
23:53
23:35
23:22
22:39
22:08
21:21
20:22
19:13
19:01
18:51
18:22
17:11
16:12
16:09
15:53
15:45
15:39
14:29
14:13
14:04
13:27
12:48
12:37
11:30
11:20
10:36
10:14
09:32
09:12
08:10
08:05
07:13
06:33
05:23
04:52
04:45
04:38
04:17
03:52
03:50
03:09
03:03
02:45
01:50
01:46
01:29
01:17
00:49
00:46
00:06
00:00

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 32 +56 78
2 32 +50 78
3 32 +20 57
4 32 +12 53
5 32 +9 50
6 32 -1 50
7 32 +4 47
8 32 -3 46
9 32 +19 45
10 32 -9 44
11 32 -1 41
12 32 -14 41
13 32 -11 39
14 32 -21 31
15 32 -18 26
16 32 -28 26
17 32 -24 22
18 32 -40 18

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