Match Preview: Utrecht 0-0 Groningen Prediction and Betting Tips | Netherlands (Eredivisie)

Utrecht – Groningen betting tips for today, March 8, 2019

Kick-off: 20:00 Utrecht – Groningen
Football: Netherlands – Eredivisie
Tip: Under 3.5 Goals
Odds: 1.40
Bookmaker: BetFair
Match Result: 0:0 LOST

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Utrecht are unbeaten in each of their last four matches (W2, D2), but despite going on a positive run of late, they are without a win in four at the Galgenwaard since last winning here on Dec 9 (D2, L2). In practice, that means Utrecht are one of just two sides (along with rock-bottom Breda) without a home victory in 2019.
The Eredivisie is known for its goals, and as a whole, it is currently yielding an average of 3.48 total goals per match. However, Eredivisie matches at the Galgenwaard are currently producing the league’s second-lowest return of 2.83 total goals per match.
The hosts’ hopes of a top-seven finish will be scrutinised should Groningen continue their rampant streak (W4, D1) with a Friday night win here. Encouragingly for Groningen, no side has picked up more league points (13) than them over the last five rounds of league action.
However, Groningen’s away matches have also produced the joint-second lowest total goals return (2.42 goals per match) with three of their last five ending goalless. Having also been losing 1-0 at the break in a quarter of their Eredivisie away matches so far, the visitors have every right to try something new from the off.
Players to watch: Utrecht’s Sander van de Streek scored the opener over the weekend, just as he did in the reverse fixture here. Meanwhile, Groningen’s Mimoun Mahi galvanised his standing as the team’s current top-scorer, after scoring two first-half penalties last time out.
Stat attack: The hosts have been leading 1-0 at half-time in exactly a third of their Eredivisie home matches this season.
Utrecht boss Dick Advocaat is unbeaten in nine of his last 11 H2Hs with Groningen (W6, D3, L2).
Both teams have scored in just one of the last four games in that category.

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