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Eredivisie Preview: Twente v Utrecht

Utrecht’s six-match winning run will be tested at Twente in the first leg of the Eredivisie’s UEFA Europa League play-off final on Thursday.

Utrecht – who finished the regular season in fifth – were one of four teams split into the UEFA Europa League play-offs and they accounted for Heerenveen in the semi-final stage, winning 3-1 on aggregate.

They will enter the decider in a terrific vein of form, which was sparked by a 6-0 defeat at AZ Alkmaar last month.

Since then, Utrecht have scored 15 goals in six matches, with the form of 24-year-old midfielder Jens Toornstra – who has bagged six in his last eight appearances – vital in the club’s run.

Twente are also playing well, with Michel Jansen’s side unbeaten in 10 matches. Their strong finish to the season enabled them to overcome an eight-match winless streak, which stretched almost two months at the start of 2013, and secure sixth spot in the table at the end of the regular season.

Forwards Luc Castaignos, Nacer Chadli and Dusan Tadic have all scored double figures in the Eredivisie this season and the trio will give their side a good chance of continuing their impressive home form.

Twente’s last four matches in front of their fans have ended in victories, including a 3-1 triumph over runners-up PSV.

With both sides in terrific form, an exciting first leg is expected at De Grolsch Veste before the two teams do battle in Utrecht on Sunday, with a spot in Europe’s second-tier club competition up for grabs for the victors.
Wed 22 May, 2013
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