Utrecht – Groningen Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips – 09.01.2021

⚽ Utrecht – Groningen Predictions

Utrecht – Groningen Tips and Odds. January 9, 21:00 NETHERLANDS: Eredivisie – Round 15.

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  • It’s been a frustrating season for Utrecht, who have fewer points at this stage than nine of their last ten Eredivisie campaigns. Whilst Utrecht have avoided defeat in four of seven league games when conceding first (W1, D3, L3), they have also failed to win four of six when they struck the opener (W2, D4), all contributing to their league-high eight draws so far (W3, D8, L3).
  • Utrecht are favourites here despite failing to win four of six such home league games this term (W2, D4). However they may need 2+ goals to win here considering they have failed to keep a clean sheet in seven consecutive year opening league fixtures (W2, D2, L3), a run that began following a 2-0 win over Groningen in 2013.
  • Visiting Groningen remain in the European hunt following four wins from five Eredivisie games to end 2020. They’ll be hoping to start 2021 well as they’re unbeaten in their last four year opening league fixtures (W2, D2), since a 4-1 defeat to none-other than Utrecht in 2016!
  • Groningen’s ‘outsider’ status will likely not bother them, as they’ve managed to avoid defeat in seven of their last 13 such Eredivisie away games (W5, D2, L6). In fact early action looks possible considering just one of Groningen’s six away league games this term produced a goalless first half (HT: W2, D2, L2).
  • Players to watch: Adrián Dalmau’s first league goals this season came from the bench in his last two Utrecht appearances; both served to either equalise or win the respective game. Meanwhile, Jørgen Strand Larsen has been involved in half of Groningen’s Eredivisie goals (five goals, four assists) – four strikes came away from home and all contributed to victory.
  • Hot stat: Groningen manager Danny Buijs is winless vs Utrecht after five attempts (D3, L2) – all games produced under 2.5 goals, whilst his side failed to score in four.
Head-to-head matches: UTRECHT – GRONINGEN
18.10.20 ERE Groningen Utrecht 0 : 0
19.12.19 KNV Groningen Utrecht 0 : 1
08.12.19 ERE Groningen Utrecht 0 : 1
08.03.19 ERE Utrecht Groningen 0 : 0
30.09.18 ERE Groningen Utrecht 1 : 1

NETHERLANDS: Eredivisie – Round 15
Utrecht – Groningen
Kick-off: January 9, 21:00
Prediction: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.31@Bwin