Willem II and Roda JC are two teams fighting for life preservation in the Eredivisie. Sunday afternoon they face each other in Tilburg. Will this match be as controversial as the cup match between both teams of a month ago.
Willem II :
Willem II has to do a lot of work this season for every achieved point. After the winter break, VVV won home only (3-0) and lost four times. The defeats were always small, but you also get no points for small defeats. Highlight was the victory in the quarterfinals of the KNVB Cup against the same opponent as Saturday. It was not easy with the draw; Willem II was coupled with Feyenoord, and on Wednesday the Tricolores play the semifinals in Rotterdam.
How nice that is for the club, the focus this weekend is of course still in the league. Trainer Erwin van de Looi is not yet certain about the employability of Thomas Meissner and Ismail Azzaoui, who both suffer light complaints. The match against Roda is a very important one for Willem II. If things go wrong, the Limburgers will come to the same level. Van de Looi, however, looked at things from the glass-is-half-full perspective. ‘Roda is a direct competitor’. It is a good time to take a step back. ‘
Roda JC wasted, at least at the administrative level, unnecessary energy. The Limburgers filed a lawsuit in response to the much-discussed moment of the video referee in the quarterfinals of the cup. As predicted in advance by experts, the case was swept aside – the litigation costs were for the Kerkrade club. Back to the sporting section. After a nice period, Roda went wrong last week in the home game against FC Utrecht.
The team was sent into the field in a system with five defenders by trainer Robert Molenaar. This was somewhat remarkable, as RJC had achieved excellent results with a system with four defenders. It was disastrous, and again it was proven that you do not necessarily keep the tent closed when you set up many defenders. Namely, with 1-4 lost to Utrecht.
Donis Avdijaj makes possible his return on Sunday. Mohammed el Makrini is definitely back in the selection, after watching an injury last week.
Insider TIP: Willem II to win – 1.84