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

Goals

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

Lineups

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Wednesday 7 December

17:45
17:40
17:33
16:57
16:52
15:44
14:23
13:58
13:31
12:26
12:03
11:38
11:21
10:40
10:02
09:14
09:01
08:39
05:53
05:16
03:59
03:07
02:04
02:03
00:59
00:48
00:25
00:15
00:09
00:03
00:01

Tuesday 6 December

23:59
23:57
23:51
23:47
23:41
23:38
23:21
23:09
23:03
22:58
22:57
22:56
22:54
22:52
22:43
22:43
22:40
22:39
22:07
21:41
20:59
20:40
19:28
19:20
19:15
19:03
18:49
18:44
18:36
18:28
18:19
18:02
17:51
17:45
17:22
16:09
16:04
15:50
15:23
15:10
14:13
13:50
13:16
12:52
11:48
11:28
10:52
09:48
09:26
08:49
08:22
06:31
04:10
03:27
02:43
01:59
00:37
00:14
00:11

Monday 5 December

23:37
22:52
21:16
21:00
20:34
19:51
19:36
19:23
18:48
18:39
18:22
17:55
17:50
17:38
17:33
17:32
17:27
15:50
15:37
15:23
14:59
14:46
14:42
14:22
13:04
12:21
12:07
11:13
10:32
09:54
09:07
08:36
05:00
02:14
01:53
01:00
00:48
00:43
00:12

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 15 +29 36
2 15 +23 36
3 15 +16 30
4 15 +12 26
5 15 +9 25
6 15 +3 21
7 15 +2 21
8 15 +3 20
9 15 -5 18
10 15 -5 17
11 15 -4 16
12 15 -8 15
13 15 -8 15
14 15 -13 15
15 15 -11 14
16 15 -18 13
17 15 -11 12
18 15 -14 11

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