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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 22 May

16:12
15:59
15:50
15:40
15:24
15:21
15:14
14:57
14:40
14:24
14:18
14:01
13:40
13:19
13:08
12:52
12:47
12:36
12:14
12:08
11:39
11:25
11:20
11:09
10:44
09:14
08:41
07:43
07:13
05:16
05:15
03:34
03:32
03:32
03:27
03:25
02:45
01:58
01:48

Thursday 21 May

23:55
22:51
22:26
20:36
19:25
19:25
19:04
19:04
18:46
18:46
18:23
18:20
18:16
18:13
18:04
17:43
17:41
17:27
16:59
16:42
16:19
15:58
15:31
15:28
15:18
14:28
14:23
14:14
13:43
13:28
13:27
13:27
12:39
12:24
12:23
12:07
11:45
11:36
11:28
11:06
10:58
10:33
09:40
09:19
07:22
05:21
04:08
04:08
03:23
03:07
02:52
02:09
02:08
01:29
01:09
00:36
00:03

Wednesday 20 May

23:52
23:45
23:28
23:20
22:44
22:05
21:00
20:48
19:58
19:01
18:59
18:52
18:41
18:20
18:16
17:31
17:03
16:44
15:45
15:30
15:19
15:01
13:21
12:48
12:46
12:46
12:33
12:02
11:27
11:16
11:09
10:34
09:52
09:13
08:56
07:22
05:30
04:57
04:03
03:19
03:19
02:13

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +61 88
2 34 +40 71
3 34 +7 62
4 34 +17 59
5 34 +23 58
6 34 +16 53
7 34 +7 50
8 34 -4 46
9 34 -4 46
10 34 +5 43
11 34 -2 41
12 34 -10 41
13 34 -9 37
14 34 -17 37
15 34 -16 32
16 34 -32 28
17 34 -30 27
18 34 -52 20

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