Feb 24, 2021 at 3.30pm UK
Willem IIWillem II
ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag
Tresor Ndayishimiye (48' pen.)
Heerkens (37'), Peters (60'), Owusu (90+6')
Peters (75')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Pinas (62' pen.)
Gomelt (42')

Preview: Willem II vs. ADO Den Haag - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Eredivisie clash between Willem II and ADO Den Haag, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Level on points after 22 games apiece, Willem II and ADO Den Haag clash in a crucial relegation six-pointer in Tilburg on Wednesday.

Both sides are nine points adrift of safety as things stand, so the importance of a victory for either side cannot be overstated.

Match preview

Willem II were on the wrong end of a huge scoreline for the second game running, losing 6-0 at home to a rejuvenated Utrecht side on Friday.

Due to their slow start to the game, they were 3-0 down inside the opening 20 minutes and from then on, it became a matter of damage limitation, which they were unable to do.

Zeljko Petrovic's men were beaten 5-0 by Feyenoord five days prior to that, and those heavy defeats have done serious damage to their chances of survival.

However, the Tricolores have no time to dwell on what was a torrid week for them as they must now place their focus on what is probably their most important game of the season.

Historically, Wednesday's hosts have struggled in recent years against the visitors, who have won on each of their last four visits.

Den Haag were unable to build on an impressive draw against PSV Eindhoven as they were beaten 2-0 by Fortuna Sittard on Saturday.

Since they kicked off the year with a 1-0 away win at RKC Waalwijk, Ruud Brood's men are yet to win any of the subsequent five league games, picking up only two points in that time.

That poor run of form can be largely attributed to their struggle in front of goal, which has been a major Achilles' heel for De Ooievaars this term.

No team has scored fewer goals or created fewer clear-cut chances than Wednesday's visitors, who have to improve in those areas if they are to stand any real chance of survival.

Willem II Eredivisie form: DLLWLL

ADO Den Haag Eredivisie form: LDLDDL
ADO Den Haag form (all competitions): LDLDDL

Team News

Freek Heerkens has not featured for Willem since suffering a thigh injury against bottom club Emmen on the last day of January, and he is ruled out of this one.

After three weeks out, Pol Llonch is back in training following his recovery from a torn muscle which he sustained in the aforementioned game.

Jorn Brondeel was previously the biggest beneficiary of Robbin Ruiter's absence, but Zeljko Petrovic's arrival has changed all that, with Arijanet Muric now getting the nod in goal.

Once again, Den Haag will have to deal with the absence of Peet Bijen, who pulled up in his side's KNVB-Beker triumph over Sparta Rotterdam in October.

Daryl Janmaat is also ruled out with a knee injury, but he is getting increasingly close to a return to action after six weeks on the sidelines.

Willem II possible starting lineup:
Brondeel; Kohn, Peters, Holmen, Owusu; Kohlert, Selahi, Spieringhs, Nunnely; Pavlidis, Okyere Wriedt

ADO Den Haag possible starting lineup:
Koopman; Familio-Castillo, Kemper, Del Fabro, Van Ewijk; Pinas, Vejinovic, Pinas; Bourard, Kramer, Besuijen

We say: Willem II 1-1 ADO Den Haag

A cagey game is expected here as both sides know that a defeat could spell the end for them. With that in mind, we are backing a share of the spoils in what should be a nervy encounter.

Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data

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Eredivisie Table
2PSV EindhovenPSV24156355262951
3AZ AlkmaarAZ24147356352149
7FC Twente249873932735
8FC UtrechtUtrecht2381053629734
9Fortuna SittardSittard2494113542-731
12PEC Zwolle2451183238-626
13Sparta RotterdamSparta2365123240-823
14RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk2458112235-1323
16Willem II2445152754-2717
17ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag2429132050-3015
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