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Prediction: NEC Nijmegen vs Go Ahead Eagles

Jamie Jones in Eredivisie, Free Soccer Predictions 22 May 2024

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Prediction: NEC Nijmegen to win 2-0

Best Odds: 9/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

NEC Nijmegen and Go Ahead Eagles will lock horns with each other in the Eredivisie UEFA Europa Conference League Conference League play-off. The match between Rogier Meijer’s side and René Hake’s team will be held at Goffertstadion and is scheduled to kick off at 5:45 pm UK time on Thursday.

NEC Nijmegen

NEC Nijmegen are a modest club in the Netherlands who tend to aim for the European places in the Eredivisie game. Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie finished 12th in the league table last season and have done extremely well this time around.

Rogier Meijer’s side have finished as high as sixth in the Eredivisie table this season with 53 points from 34 games. They will now enter the UEFA Europa Conference League playoffs. NEC Nijmegen will take on Go Ahead Eagles in the semi-finals of the playoffs and will face Utrecht or Sparta Rotterdam in the final if they get thus far.

NEC Nijmegen will head into the match against Go Ahead Eagles on the back of a 4-1 victory over Almere City away from home in the Dutch Eredivisie. It came after a 3-2 loss at the hands of Feyenoord Rotterdam in the league which followed a 3-0 victory over Excelsior on the road in the Eredivisie.

Team News:

NEC Nijmegen are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Jasper Cillessen will be in goal for the home team and will have Brayann Pereira, Mathias Ross, Mathias Ross and Youri Baas in front of him in defence. Mees Hoedemakers and Dirk Proper will be the two holding midfielders. Sontje Hansen, Tjaronn Chery and Kodai Sano will be the three attacking midfielders. Koki Ogawa will lead the line for NEC Nijmegen.

Go Ahead Eagles

Go Ahead Eagles are a modest club in the Netherlands who do well in the Eredivisie. They finished 11th in the standings last season and could end up playing in the UEFA Europa Conference League in 2024-24.

Rene Hake’s side finished ninth in the Eredivisie table this season. They ended up with 46 points from 34 matches and will now face NEC Nijmegen in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa Conference League playoffs. Go Ahead Eagles will take on Utrecht or Sparta Rotterdam in the final if they get thus far.

Go Ahead Eagles will head into the match against NEC Nijmegen on the back of a 2-1 victory over FC Volendam away from home in the Eredivisie. It came after a 3-0 defeat to AZ Alkmaar in front of their fans in the league which followed a goalless draw with Fortuna Sittard away from home in the Eredivisie.

Team News:

Go Ahead Eagles are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Jeffrey de Lange will be in goal for the visiting team and will have Luca Everink, Jamal Amofa, Gerrit Nauber and Bas Kuipers in front of him in defence. Evert Linthorst and Philippe Rommens are likely to be the two holding midfielders. Bobby Adekanye, Jakob Breum and Oliver Valaker Edvardsen will be the three attacking midfielders. Victor Edvardsen will lead the line for Go Ahead Eagles.

Key Factors to Consider

  • NEC Nijmegen won 14 out of their 34 Eredivisie games in the regular season.
  • Go Ahead Eagles conceded 46 goals in 34 Eredivisie matches in the regular season.
  • NEC Nijmegen scored 68 goals in 34 Eredivisie games in the regular season.
  • Go Ahead Eagles lost 12 out of their 34 Eredivisie matches in the regular season.
  • Magnus Mattsson scored 11 goals and gave 4 assists in 19 Eredivisie matches for NEC Nijmegen in the regular campaign.

Conclusion

NEC Nijmegen did better than Go Ahead Eagles in the regular season in the Eredivisie, and it is very likely that they will get the better of them. Rogier Meijer’s side are the home team, and that advantage should be enough for them to win this particular game.

Prediction: NEC Nijmegen to win 2-0

Best Odds: 9/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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