Utrecht v Groningen Betting Tips: Over 2.5, 2019-03-08

International Football Tips

UTRECHT v GRONINGEN
Eredivisie
Friday 8th March 2019
Kickoff: 1900hrs
Pick: Over 2.5 goals
Bookmaker: Marathonbet
Odds: 1.82 (odds taken at 02:40 GMT, 07 Mar 2019)

The Dutch top flight also makes an appearance this Friday night and we take a look forward to the clash between Utrecht and Groningen as the betting tips continue at the Stadion Galgenwaard with the hosts looking to put some distance between themselves and Europa League challengers, Groningen here…

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Utrecht Prediction

Utrecht currently occupy 6th place in the Eredivisie and are therefore amongst the Europa League play-off pack, but they’ll face Groningen who are just five points behind them and sit in 8th place, so Friday night’s hosts will be eager to keep them at arms length and in turn strengthen their claims for a top seven finish in the Dutch top flight with a win here.

Following a recent four-match losing streak, Utrecht seem to have steadied the ship in recent times as the hosts have put together a four match unbeaten run since defeats to Ajax, AZ, Willem II and PEC Zwolle – with three of these four matches resulting in over 2.5 goals.

Since then, Utrecht have recorded wins over De Graafschap and Heracles both away from home, along with points shared in 2-2 and 0-0 draws with PSV and Excelsior respectively. The hosts’ home record stands at 6-3-3 22/12 which isn’t too bad, but note that they’re without a home win from their last four matches.

However, 8 of their 12 home matches have seen over 2.5 goals scored, and with midfielders Gustafson (7 goals) and van de Streek (5 goals) along with forwards Kerk (6 goals) and Venema (4 goals), the hosts look in good shape to score here.

 

Key-Facts – Utrecht v Groningen

  • 8 of Utrecht’s 12 home matches have resulted in over 2.5 goals
  • 6 of Groningen’s 12 away matches have resulted in over 2.5 goals
  • 4 of the last 7 meetings between these two sides have seen over 2.5 goals

 

Groningen Prediction

Groningen sit in 8th place in the Dutch Eredivisie but are just four points adrift of 7th placed Heracles who occupy the last remaining Europa League play-off spot, ahead of their trip to face Utrecht this Friday night.

Groningen will be in confident mood though ahead of this clash as they’ve put together a decent set of results in recent weeks with a five match sequence without defeat which includes four wins from their last five matches overall in the Dutch top flight.

Recent wins against Willem II, Vitesse, Feyenoord and VVVenlo will have given them a huge boost following an earlier run of results which saw the visitors pick up just one wi from their previous five matches overall, and indeed, belief they can still yet grab a Europa League play-off spot.

If Groningen are to grab a top seven finish though, you get the feeling they they’ll need to improve upon their current away record which stands at 3-3-6 10/19 which includes just one win from their last six matches on the road.

6 of their 12 away matches have resulted in over 2.5 goals, with forward Mahi (7 goals) being their best chance of scoring here.

Betting Tips Verdict

Both Utrecht and Groningen have failed to convince in recent times in their respective home and away matches, but we should see some goals in this one with both teams eager to nail down a top seven berth.

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