Zwolle hosts Willem II in round 19 of the Dutch Eredivisie. The match will be played on Friday, January 14th at MAC³PARK Stadion (Zwolle)
In 2014, Zwolle achieved their only trophy in history, winning the national Cup (and then the Super Cup). Moreover, the team played in the final a year later, but it ended unsuccessfully. But if we talk about the results in the championships, they are much more modest. Many years have been spent in the lower divisions, and the performance in the Eredivisie has been traditionally unimpressive. In the last draw, Zwolle was ranked only 13th. But now everything is much worse: only one victory and six points scored in 18 matches. And the gap to the penultimate club, Fortuna Sittard, is as many as seven points.
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Willem II looked quite good only in separate segments in their considerable history, namely, at the beginning and in the middle of the last century. Of the recent successes, one can remember only the cup final in 2019, but it was unsuccessful. And in the last championship, the Tricolors hardly won the struggle for survival: they earned only 31 points in 34 matches, and Emmen, who was eventually relegated, had only one less. Now the results are not much better (18 points after 18 rounds). Such a result allows Willem II to keep a comfortable distance from the danger zone. But all those points were earned at the start of the championship, in August-October. Moreover, the last victory dates back to September 25th (2-1 against PSV). And having lost to Waalwijk in the cup, the Tricolors began a streak of defeats, which has already reached eight matches in a row. During that period, Willem II conceded four and even five goals in some games. The pause should definitely benefit, but did Fred Grim and his staff manage to come up with anything?
Zwolle gained only one victory in the last eight head-to-head matches. It happened in Tilburg a year ago, in January 2021. Willem II won five times, including in the August game of this championship. Both teams hope to break their streaks of failures. Who should you beat, if not another loser? But the production of the upcoming game is unlikely to be high.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored