Groningen v Twente, Thursday, 5.45pm
TWENTE sit in sixth place in the Eredivisie – just one ahead of their hosts – but the points margin between the two sides is incredible with Twente a whopping 19 points in front of Groningen.
And that leaves these two sides battling it out with Utrecht and Heerenveen in the Europa League play-off – with just one continental place up for grabs.
The departure of Steve McClaren in February does not appear to have affected the stability of Twente on the pitch – and the side now managed by Alfred Schreuder (and Michel Jansen as Schreuder doesn't yet have the necessary qualifications to sit on the bench) are unbeaten in their last eight outings in the league.
Just one loss in eight clashes on the road suggests the visitors are more than capable of securing victory here and edging ahead in this two-legged tie – and 20 goals notched in eight games shows just how capable Twente are in the final third.
Hosts Groningen line up for this one without a win in three and just two wins from five on their own patch indicates the Green and White army are out of form ahead of this one.
Robert Maaskant's charges have shipped seven goals in their last three games and will be desperate to shore up their backline in order to keep themselves in this tie.
Either way the home side has placed in a much improved position compared to last campaign when they ended up 14th in the top tier.
The last time these two sides met Twente ran out comfortable 3-0 winners – and they have won five of their last six meetings with Groningen, drawing the other.
Twente @ 2.0