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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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Monday 2 March

Sunday 1 March

23:44
23:34
23:08
22:55
22:50
22:10
21:56
21:23
20:53
20:31
20:16
19:48
19:38
19:25
19:11
18:52
18:52
18:35
17:58
17:58
17:37
17:17
17:08
17:02
16:42
16:06
15:50
15:20
15:19
15:07
14:57
14:42
13:51
13:47
11:07
10:57
10:22
09:58
09:46
09:11
07:35
05:44
05:40
05:20
03:57
02:21
01:57
00:20

Saturday 28 February

23:55
23:20
23:00
22:41
22:16
21:19
21:04
20:57
20:50
20:38
20:31
20:29
20:15
20:08
20:07
20:01
19:57
19:48
19:43
19:34
19:17
19:17
19:02
18:55
18:28
18:07
17:59
17:57
17:54
17:52
17:50
17:37
17:34
16:24
16:18
15:38
15:34
15:24
14:54
14:45
14:28
14:19
13:50
12:44
11:48
11:27
04:53
04:19
04:06
03:18
00:25

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 25 +44 64
2 25 +31 53
3 25 +10 47
4 25 +16 45
5 25 +12 40
6 25 +12 39
7 25 +8 38
8 25 +4 35
9 25 -2 33
10 25 -4 31
11 25 -9 31
12 25 -4 29
13 25 -7 29
14 25 -5 28
15 25 -19 23
16 25 -18 21
17 25 -27 19
18 25 -42 15

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