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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)

Lineups

Substitutes

Thursday 7 May

Wednesday 6 May

23:54
23:47
23:31
22:45
21:10
20:21
19:13
18:02
17:59
17:56
17:30
17:24
17:05
17:04
16:39
16:34
15:34
13:56
13:34
13:26
12:45
12:25
11:52
11:35
11:20
10:28
09:50
09:41
07:12
06:39
05:10
05:06
05:04
04:28
02:16
02:13

Tuesday 5 May

23:56
23:53
23:40
23:15
23:07
22:39
20:35
20:17
19:24
19:17
18:54
18:36
18:27
17:51
17:46
17:07
16:26
16:25
16:17
15:54
15:53
14:30
14:14
13:52
13:40
12:53
12:42
12:41
12:32
10:47
10:27
09:55
09:50
05:44
05:44
05:01
03:58
03:02
02:48
02:47
01:23
00:46
00:32
00:03

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 32 +58 82
2 32 +38 68
3 32 +23 59
4 32 +3 56
5 32 +20 54
6 32 +9 49
7 32 +12 47
8 32 -4 43
9 32 -6 41
10 32 -6 40
11 32 -2 39
12 32 +0 37
13 32 -7 37
14 32 -16 34
15 32 -13 31
16 32 -30 28
17 32 -29 26
18 32 -50 17

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