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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
Noordlease Stadion (Groningen)
Attendance
11178

Goals

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

Lineups

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Thursday 19 January

20:19
19:20
18:57
18:46
18:15
17:09
16:51
16:49
16:30
16:19
16:01
15:44
15:15
15:00
14:31
14:29
14:06
13:39
13:23
13:06
12:58
12:22
12:16
12:03
11:49
11:11
11:01
10:49
10:24
09:30
06:41
04:06
03:46
02:45
01:45
01:01
00:41
00:13
00:04

Wednesday 18 January

23:30
23:19
22:43
22:19
22:07
21:14
20:26
19:35
19:14
18:54
18:31
18:16
18:12
16:53
16:48
15:34
15:20
15:00
14:18
14:17
14:08
13:24
12:59
12:11
11:47
10:55
10:53
10:17
09:55
09:01
08:38
06:58
06:30
03:41
03:07
02:11
02:07
01:00

Tuesday 17 January

23:45
23:31
23:21
22:12
21:21
20:47
20:14
19:58
19:49
19:00
18:45
18:23
18:22
17:52
17:21
17:11
17:00
16:00
15:15
14:55
14:54
14:39
14:31
14:07
13:30
12:34
12:22
11:44
11:25
11:15
10:34
10:00
09:23
08:32
08:22
07:48
07:27
05:55
05:15
03:39
02:47
02:19
02:12
01:46
00:33

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 18 +37 45
2 18 +24 40
3 18 +19 37
4 18 +14 32
5 18 +8 31
6 18 +5 28
7 18 +4 26
8 18 +1 24
9 18 +1 23
10 18 -9 22
11 18 -7 21
12 18 -8 19
13 18 -8 17
14 18 -15 17
15 18 -11 16
16 18 -23 14
17 18 -15 13
18 18 -17 12

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