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Feb 6, 2022 at 1.30pm UK
Willem IIWillem II
RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk
Oosting (8', 13'), Hornkamp (43')
FT(HT: 3-0)
Kramer (71')
Buttner (65'), van der Venne (86')

Preview: Willem II vs. RKC Waalwijk - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Sunday's Eredivisie clash between Willem II and RKC Waalwijk, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Willem II will be hoping to push away from the Eredivisie relegation zone on Sunday when they host RKC Waalwijk, with the club continuing to search for their first win since September.

The visitors could move into the top half of the table with three points this weekend, depending on other results, as they head into this match with a four-game unbeaten run.

Match preview

Willem II are on a poor run of form heading into this match after not winning a match since September, which has led to them being involved in the fight against relegation this season.

Fred Grim is someone with a lot of experience when it comes to their opponents this weekend though, as a former manager of RKC Waalwijk, and he will be hoping to use that knowledge to his benefit.

The hosts have only won five matches all season, but their most recent performance did see a much closer match for them, as they only lost 1-0 against Twente.

However, this match marked a third game in a row without a goal for Willem II, which is something that they will need to improve upon in order to change their fortunes.

Right now, the club are just four points above the relegation zone, with a defeat at the weekend potentially placing a lot of pressure onto them if other results do not go their way.

RKC Waalwijk are in stronger form heading into this one, with a four-match undefeated streak taking place for them across their recent performances, which should provide plenty of confidence to the group.

Goals have also not been a problem for them in that period, as they have scored eight times in their three most recent performances, showcasing the attacking qualities that the team possesses.

That string of results has helped the club pull away from the relegation zone, as they are only eight points ahead of the bottom three themselves, which is something they will be wary of.

The two teams have met twice already this season and they have a victory each to their name, with Willem II picking up a 2-1 win in the league, while RKC Waalwijk got their revenge in the KNVB Cup.

The club have continued to progress in that competition recently, earning a place in the quarter-finals thanks to an extra-time hat-trick from Jens Odgaard.

Willem II Eredivisie form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

Willem II form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

RKC Waalwijk Eredivisie form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W

RKC Waalwijk form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

Team News

Ulrik Jenssen stepped straight back into the starting lineup in Willem's most recent match against Twente after serving his one-match suspension, and he will be expected to retain his place in the team.

Freek Heerkens, Robbin Ruiter and Wesley Spieringhs all missed out in that particular match due to injuries, and they are once again doubts for Grim to consider.

Waalwijk were without Joel Pereira in their most recent outing due to injury, with Etienne Vaessen stepping in as the number one, and he should retain his place in goal on Sunday.

Odgaard will continue to be one of the focal members of the squad as the attacking midfielder, while Michiel Kramer will be hoping to follow up from scoring in the last performance.

David Min and Sebbe Augustijns are injury concerns for the club, with both men expected to miss out on this particular match.

Willem II possible starting lineup:
Wellenreuther; Owusu, Bergstrom, Jenssen, Kohlert; Saddiki, Llonch; Nunnely, Saglam, Svensson; Kabangu

RKC Waalwijk possible starting lineup:
Vaessen; Adewoye; Meulensteen, Van den Buijs; Gaari, Anita, Azhil, Buttner, Odgaard; Kramer, Stokkers

We say: Willem II 0-3 RKC Waalwijk

Willem II are in a desperate need for points at the moment with the club struggling for form at the moment, but their lack of goals recently is something that could make this difficult for them.

That is why the visitors should be able to take three points here, especially with their recent performances and goals, proving they have the firepower to secure the victory.

Top tip

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