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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
Euroborg (Groningen)
Attendance
11178

Goals

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

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Substitutes

Friday 28 August

Thursday 27 August

23:54
23:39
22:50
22:35
22:07
21:36
20:56
20:49
20:37
20:09
19:48
19:46
19:27
19:20
19:12
19:03
18:58
18:52
18:21
17:33
17:19
17:04
17:01
16:47
16:34
16:23
16:14
16:10
16:00
15:27
14:44
14:29
14:08
13:28
12:42
11:48
11:30
10:59
10:57
10:44
10:07
08:41
06:52
06:10
05:13
04:43
02:59
02:54
01:59
01:32
01:27
00:48
00:16
00:11

Wednesday 26 August

23:27
23:23
23:01
22:35
21:07
19:54
19:46
19:17
18:38
18:16
18:05
17:46
17:40
15:55
15:42
14:22
13:43
13:20
11:53
11:21
11:07
10:54
09:54
09:52
08:58
07:46
06:34
06:05
05:49
04:47
04:16
04:13
03:23
03:19
02:38
02:36
02:35
02:02
01:51
01:27
01:26
00:26
00:24

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +8 9
2 3 +5 9
3 3 +4 7
4 3 +6 6
5 3 +0 6
6 3 +3 5
7 3 +2 5
8 3 +2 5
9 3 +1 4
10 3 +0 4
11 3 -4 3
12 3 -1 2
13 3 -3 2
14 3 -3 2
15 3 -3 1
16 3 -4 1
17 3 -7 1
18 3 -6 0

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