Football tips: NEC vs Helmond Sport - predictions and betting guide

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Competition: Netherlands Eerste Divisie
Competition: Fri 14.February
Match begins: 19:00 (UTC)
Venue: Goffertstadion (12500 seats)

The home fans are expecting three points in this fixture, as the home advantage should be put to good use versus a struggling visitor. NEC are in the 9th position while the guesting Helmond Sport worry at 20th.

Both teams should be fairly well rested for this game, as they have had some quiet days to prepare. Hopefully this will translate into lots of action on the pitch.

One slightly interesting match fact is that this game is played on grass and that the visiting Helmond Sport have a different surface at their stadium (artifical turf). The impact of this is hard to measure exactly, but the visitors stats on grass is 2-5-11 (win-draw-loss) from 18 matches.

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NEC form and stats

The story so far in the Eerste Divisie for NEC at their home stadium (Goffertstadion) is 5 wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats.

NEC enjoyed a nice away win last time out, playing at Telstar's place. The match ended 7-1 with Ole Romeny, Rens Van Eijden, Zian Flemming (2) and Anthony Musaba scoring. Preceding that match was the home game against SC Cambuur that was lost 0-2.

As mentioned above, NEC "killed" Telstar in their previous game. They need to reset completely for this one and beware of complacency.

NEC have proved capable of finding the net in their games here at Goffertstadion with 21 goals in 12 league matches. NEC have conceded 16 in these home matches.

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Helmond Sport form and stats

There's been little loot from Helmond Sport's travels as they have only collected 6 points from 12 away games in the Eerste Divisie. Helmond Sport only have 1 win to counter their 8 defeats and 3 draws. The sun doesn’t shine and the birds do not sing for Helmond Sport, who have now gone 14 games without a victory. The FC Dordrecht game was their last win and it’s been a dry spell since. Bitter travels for Helmond Sport as they have lost four games in a row away from home. The last time they avoided an away-from-home loss was the Jong Ajax match.

This game can not go any worse than the last one, a Eerste Divisie home defeat versus Excelsior with 1-4 on the scoreboard. It was a defeat before that one as the away game against FC Volendam wasn't a success with a 1-2 loss.

The home team is given a winning chance of about 80 percent by the betting public. This does not leave much hope for the visitors, but some teams enjoy the outsider role and perform well in it. Looking at similar away games for Helmond Sport we find three games. Results are zero Helmond Sport wins, zero draws and three defeats.

The visitors have scored 11 goals from 12 away games in the league, an average of less than one per game. Helmond Sport are struggling defensively in their away games, having conceded 11 goals in these matches.

Head 2 Head

The teams have played each other before this season, with the result Helmond Sport - NEC 1-2 entered in the official records. NEC-Helmond Sport H2H statistics last seven meetings regardless of arena: NEC six wins, Helmond Sport zero wins, one draw. six of these seven matches had three or more goals (over 2,5).

Top Goalscorers

NECZ. Flemming
Z. Flemming
9 goals
NECA. Musaba
A. Musaba
7 goals
NEC
O. ter Haar Romeny
7 goals

NEC missing players

Helmond Sport missing players

NEC Helmond Sport
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
25 12 3 Played P 4 12 25
10 5 3 Won W 0 1 3
8 4 0 Drew D 2 3 7
7 3 0 Lost L 2 8 15
45 21 6 Scored S 3 11 24
33 16 0 Conceded C 7 33 55
88% 92% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 92%
76% 75% 67% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 100% 88%
56% 50% 33% Over 2.5 O 2.5 25% 67% 60%
36% 33% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 25% 50% 40%
28% 33% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 33% 28%
56% 50% 0% BTTS BTTS 75% 83% 76%
32% 42% 100% Clean Sheets C S 0% 0% 12%
24% 17% 0% Failed to Score F T 25% 17% 20%
 
6.7 6.9 8 Corners for (avg) C F 4 4.5 4.8
4.4 3.7 2.7 Corners against (avg) C A 6 6.6 5.6
1.6 1.6 1 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 1.2 1.7 1.7
0 0 0 Red cards R C 0 0 2
 
319 173 49 Total Shots T S 41 106 272
127 66 20 Shots on Target S O 18 43 98
35% 32% 30% Goal Efficiency G E 17% 26% 24%
Key stats in Eerste Divisie this season:
  • All of Helmond Sport's away-matches have had more than 1,5 goals.
  • Helmond Sport has the fewest scored goals in the first half (3)
  • Helmond Sport has the the worst goal difference (-31)
  • Helmond Sport have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored.
  • Helmond Sport have failed to keep a clean sheet in all their away matches.
  • Helmond Sport have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Helmond Sport haven’t played a single 0-0 game away.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 SC Cambuur 25 17 3 5 58 23 12 9 1 2 34 12 13 8 2 3 24 11 35 54
2 Jong Ajax 25 15 5 5 66 37 12 9 2 1 36 11 13 6 3 4 30 26 29 50
3 De Graafschap 25 13 11 1 52 25 12 8 4 0 29 9 13 5 7 1 23 16 27 50
4 FC Volendam 25 15 5 5 49 37 12 8 3 1 28 17 13 7 2 4 21 20 12 50
5 Go Ahead Eagles 25 11 11 3 44 33 13 6 7 0 24 11 12 5 4 3 20 22 11 44
6 NAC Breda 25 11 7 7 38 26 13 7 3 3 22 11 12 4 4 4 16 15 12 40
7 Excelsior 25 11 7 7 52 45 12 7 2 3 32 25 13 4 5 4 20 20 7 40
8 Almere City 25 11 6 8 42 39 12 9 1 2 23 13 13 2 5 6 19 26 3 39
9 NEC 25 10 8 7 45 33 12 5 4 3 21 16 13 5 4 4 24 17 12 38
10 Telstar 25 10 6 9 41 44 13 6 1 6 18 20 12 4 5 3 23 24 -3 36
11 FC Den Bosch 25 8 11 6 45 37 13 5 6 2 27 16 12 3 5 4 18 21 8 35
12 Jong Utrecht 25 9 8 8 42 39 13 7 5 1 31 17 12 2 3 7 11 22 3 35
13 FC Eindhoven 25 7 5 13 36 53 12 6 3 3 23 19 13 1 2 10 13 34 -17 26
14 Jong AZ 25 6 7 12 39 48 13 5 5 3 24 20 12 1 2 9 15 28 -9 25
15 MVV Maastricht 25 6 6 13 31 45 12 5 4 3 18 14 13 1 2 10 13 31 -14 24
16 Jong PSV 25 5 5 15 30 49 13 4 4 5 17 18 12 1 1 10 13 31 -19 20
17 TOP Oss 25 5 5 15 22 46 12 4 3 5 14 15 13 1 2 10 8 31 -24 20
18 Roda JC Kerkrade 25 4 10 11 30 44 13 3 4 6 23 28 12 1 6 5 7 16 -14 19
19 FC Dordrecht 25 3 7 15 29 57 13 2 4 7 17 27 12 1 3 8 12 30 -28 16
20 Helmond Sport 25 3 7 15 24 55 13 2 4 7 13 22 12 1 3 8 11 33 -31 16

Read more about Eerste Divisie

The Eerste Divisie, meaning “First Division”, is the second highest level of football in the Netherlands. 20 teams play two fixtures against each other to form a final league table after 380 games. The winning team is promoted with a creative playoff system deciding whether more teams promote.