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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)

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Friday 2 December

20:10
19:45
19:20
19:18
18:21
18:03
17:23
17:19
17:02
16:54
16:42
16:19
15:54
15:44
15:40
15:39
15:22
15:08
14:20
14:13
14:04
13:50
13:47
13:30
12:50
12:09
12:07
12:02
11:45
11:31
11:26
11:12
11:04
10:20
09:57
09:43
09:29
05:26
05:24
02:15
01:39
00:41
00:12

Thursday 1 December

23:14
22:36
21:30
21:29
21:01
20:01
18:40
18:32
17:28
16:16
15:39
15:19
15:02
14:32
14:21
14:12
14:00
13:27
13:24
13:11
13:04
12:40
12:34
12:18
11:51
11:26
10:54
10:35
09:47
09:23
09:11
05:26
05:05
03:34
01:28
01:20
00:19
00:00

Wednesday 30 November

23:59
23:46
23:27
23:15
23:15
23:05
23:02
23:01
22:55
22:39
22:17
21:27
20:58
20:35
20:07
19:55
19:23
18:58
17:42
17:40
17:40
16:50
16:30
16:02
15:46
14:53
14:06
13:04
12:29
12:11
11:42
11:19
10:56
09:57
09:51
09:13
07:48
05:20
03:22
02:43
01:42
01:04
01:04
00:10
00:01

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 14 +24 33
2 14 +21 33
3 14 +16 29
4 14 +9 24
5 14 +10 23
6 14 +3 20
7 14 +0 18
8 14 +1 17
9 14 +0 17
10 14 -2 16
11 14 -7 15
12 14 -11 15
13 14 -8 14
14 14 -8 14
15 14 -9 14
16 14 -16 13
17 14 -11 11
18 14 -12 11

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