Eredivisie match preview: Willem II versus Heracles

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Competition: Netherlands Eredivisie
Competition: Sun 20.September
Match begins: 12:30 (UTC)
Venue: Koning Willem II Stadion (14637 seats)

It's game two of the Eredivisie season and everything to play for. Read our full preview of Willem II-Heracles!

These are busy days for the home team, as they were in action only four days ago in the Europa League. That game was an away game at Progres Niedercorn, so at least Willem are thankful to return home in this one. Game on!

This stadium uses grass, unlike Heracles's home stadium. The visitors last 23 games on grass have ended in 4 wins, 5 draws and 14 losses.

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Willem II form and stats

M. Kohlert was the last player to score a league goal for Willem II and it's becoming a more and more distant memory as Willem II haven't scored in 206 minutes.

It's back home for Willem II, who return with a good feeling about themselves after beating Progres Niedercorn away with the result 5-0. Görkem Sağlam, Vangelis Pavlidis (2), Mike Tresor Ndayishimiye and Che Nunnely found the net in that victory. A Eredivisie defeat was the result before that one, 0-2 away at SC Heerenveen.

As mentioned above, Willem II "killed" Progres Niedercorn in their previous game. They need to reset completely for this one and beware of complacency.

The hosts are modest favourites in this match, with the bookmakers estimating the chance of a home win at about 50% +- five percent. It's interesting to look at how Willem have performed under similar circumstances, so here are some numbers: When modest favourites like this (we found five games) they have won three times, drawn one and lost one.

Last season, Willem II's league statistics were 13 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses, resulting in a 5th position in the Eredivisie. Over these 26 matches they scored 37 goals and conceded 34. Playing at home last season Willem II managed 7-4-2 (win-draw-lost) with 17 goals and 9 conceded.

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Heracles form and stats

The supporters enjoyed Heracles's previous game versus ADO Den Haag (placed 15th), a Eredivisie 2-0 win played at home. A home win before that, celebrating 4-2 vs RKC Waalwijk.

Heracles are the outsiders in this one, but not by much. Their performance in similar games (being the away team and moderate outsiders) is one win, two draws and two defeats. From a total of five matches.

Let's have a look at how Heracles performed last season in the Eredivisie: They landed a 8th position in the league table after playing out 10 victories, 6 draws and 10 defeats. In total they scored 40 and conceded 34 goals in these matches. The numbers for away games only are: Won 2 - drew 5 and lost 6 with 9/17 goals scored/conceded.

Head 2 Head

Head-to-head totals (for the last ten meetings): Willem won four games, one match ended with a draw and Heracles has five wins. Over 2,5 goals / under 2,5 goals: seven / three

Top Goalscorers

HeraclesR. Vloet
R. Vloet
1 goals
HeraclesS. van der Water
S. van der Water
1 goals

Willem II missing players

Heracles missing players

Willem II Heracles
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs Away Total
1 0 0 Played P 0 0 1
0 0 0 Won W 0 0 1
0 0 0 Drew D 0 0 0
1 0 0 Lost L 0 0 0
0 0 0 Scored S 0 0 2
2 0 0 Conceded C 0 0 0
100% 0% 0% Over 0.5 O 0.5 0% 0% 100%
100% 0% 0% Over 1.5 O 1.5 0% 0% 100%
0% 0% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 0% 0%
0% 0% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 0% 0%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 0%
0% 0% 0% BTTS BTTS 0% 0% 0%
0% 0% 0% Clean Sheets C S 0% 0% 100%
100% 0% 0% Failed to Score F T 0% 0% 0%
 
10 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 7
3 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 2
3 0 0 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 0 0 1
0 0 0 Red cards R C 0 0 0
 
11 0 0 Total Shots T S 0 0 22
6 0 0 Shots on Target S O 0 0 5
0% 0% 0% Goal Efficiency G E 0% 0% 40%
Willem II Last season Heracles
Total Home   Statistics Stat   Away Total
26 13   Played P   13 26
13 7   Won W   2 10
5 4   Drew D   5 6
8 2   Lost L   6 10
37 17   Scored S   9 40
34 9   Conceded C   17 34
92% 85%   Over 0.5 O 0.5   85% 92%
77% 62%   Over 1.5 O 1.5   62% 77%
50% 38%   Over 2.5 O 2.5   23% 42%
31% 15%   Over 3.5 O 3.5   15% 38%
15% 0%   Over 4.5 O 4.5   15% 23%
50% 46%   BTTS BTTS   46% 46%
27% 38%   Clean Sheets C S   15% 27%
31% 31%   Failed to Score F T   54% 35%
 
4.7 5.4   Corners for (avg) C F   5.5 5.6
4.7 4.5   Corners against (avg) C A   5.2 4.6
1.5 0.8   Yellow cards (avg) Y C   2.1 1.7
0 0   Red cards R C   1 1
 
274 154   Total Shots T S   123 327
99 55   Shots on Target S O   39 120
37% 31%   Goal Efficiency G E   23% 33%

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 VVV-Venlo 1 1 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 3 2 3
2 PSV 1 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
3 FC Twente 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
4 Feyenoord 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
5 Heracles 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
6 SC Heerenveen 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
7 Ajax 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
8 Vitesse 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
11 RKC Waalwijk 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
12 Sparta Rotterdam 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
13 FC Emmen 1 0 0 1 3 5 1 0 0 1 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
14 FC Groningen 1 0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
15 ADO Den Haag 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
16 Fortuna Sittard 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
17 PEC Zwolle 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
18 Willem II 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
Last season Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Ajax 25 18 2 5 68 23 13 11 0 2 40 8 12 7 2 3 28 15 45 56
2 AZ 25 18 2 5 54 17 13 10 1 2 32 8 12 8 1 3 22 9 37 56
3 Feyenoord 25 14 8 3 50 35 13 9 3 1 29 15 12 5 5 2 21 20 15 50
4 PSV 26 14 7 5 54 28 12 8 3 1 32 12 14 6 4 4 22 16 26 49
5 Willem II 26 13 5 8 37 34 13 7 4 2 17 9 13 6 1 6 20 25 3 44
6 FC Utrecht 25 12 5 8 50 34 12 8 0 4 30 12 13 4 5 4 20 22 16 41
7 Vitesse 26 12 5 9 45 35 13 7 3 3 24 15 13 5 2 6 21 20 10 41
8 Heracles 26 10 6 10 40 34 13 8 1 4 31 17 13 2 5 6 9 17 6 36
9 FC Groningen 26 10 5 11 27 26 13 7 1 5 17 10 13 3 4 6 10 16 1 35
10 SC Heerenveen 26 8 9 9 41 41 14 3 8 3 17 18 12 5 1 6 24 23 0 33
11 Sparta Rotterdam 26 9 6 11 41 45 13 7 3 3 30 16 13 2 3 8 11 29 -4 33
12 FC Emmen 26 9 5 12 32 45 13 9 2 2 26 12 13 0 3 10 6 33 -13 32
13 VVV-Venlo 26 8 4 14 24 51 13 5 3 5 14 21 13 3 1 9 10 30 -27 28
14 FC Twente 26 7 6 13 34 46 13 5 3 5 23 22 13 2 3 8 11 24 -12 27
15 PEC Zwolle 26 7 5 14 37 55 12 5 2 5 28 30 14 2 3 9 9 25 -18 26
16 Fortuna Sittard 26 6 8 12 29 52 13 6 4 3 22 17 13 0 4 9 7 35 -23 26
17 ADO Den Haag 26 4 7 15 25 54 13 2 6 5 11 17 13 2 1 10 14 37 -29 19
18 RKC Waalwijk 26 4 3 19 27 60 13 3 2 8 13 20 13 1 1 11 14 40 -33 15

Read more about Eredivisie

The Eredivisie is the highest level of professional football in the Netherlands. 18 teams play two fixtures against each other to form the final league table and decide which team wins the Dutch national championship. The phrase Eredivisie translates to “Honour Division”. The “big three” in Dutch football are Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord.