On Sunday, November 12, 2023, we will see if Roda JC Kerkrade can maintain its lead in the Eerste Divisie standings after the Roda vs Groningen match. We have analyzed both teams’ chances and prepared a prediction with potentially good betting odds for this match.

Roda JC vs FC Groningen: What To Anticipate From The Teams

Roda continues to lead the second division of the Dutch championship and despite the difficulties that have occurred Bas Sibum recently, no one has managed to dislodge the team from Kerkrade from the first place in the Eerste Divisie standings.

FC Groningen is doing very poorly at the moment. If the team was expected to fight for the Eredivisie, now the fans will be lucky if their favorites manage to gain a foothold in the first half of the table.

Roda JC Kerkrade

“De Koempels” has been on a noticeable decline lately. If at the start of the season, the team had a clear advantage over their closest rivals, now such teams as Willem II and ADO Den Haag are within one point. The reason for this is the instability of the Kerkade team’s performances, as since the end of September they have not been able to gain a stable run and return to the winning track.

Roda’s problems began with a 0:0 match against De Graafschap, followed by a victory against Jong AZ (3:1) and losses against VVV-Venlo (1:1) and Willem II (0:1). It’s good that we managed to end October on a positive note, namely with a victory against Jong Ajax (2:1).

However, despite the victorious end to October, November again began with a draw. It was all down to the match against FC Eindhoven.

Roda JC came to the game in Eindhoven as a favorite, but the local team, which is now actively applying for the playoffs, was not going to give up points to the opponent so easily. Perhaps everything would have been much easier if Enrique Pena Zauner had scored a one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the 3rd minute, but it didn’t happen.

Then the hosts took it upon themselves to respond, and their response was effective. Boyd Reith violated the rules in his own penalty area, and Mawouna Amevor confidently converted an eleven-meter penalty – 1:0 in the 12th minute.

Roda JC

Roda JC tried to respond with a goal, but in the 21st minute, Amevor became the hero for the second time, practically taking the ball out of his team’s empty net. A minute later, Jorn Brondeel became the hero for the hosts, who made an incredible leap to save a shot from close range from Fabio Sposito. The guests pressed but almost brought themselves an identical penalty at the end of the first half, Boyd Reith again played quite rudely and knocked down his opponent, but the referee took pity on “De Koempels”.

Then the events of the match slowly flowed into the second half, which began more actively with FC Eindhoven players. Jasper Dahlhaus took a shot from a sharp angle but failed to hit the goal, and after 5 minutes the hosts received a response in the form of a missed goal. In the 59th minute, Wesley Spieringhs made an incredibly accurate shot, whose long shot hit the crossbar of the opponent’s goal – 1:1.

However, despite such a beautiful goal, Bas Sibum’s team defended almost until the end of the match. FC Eindhoven players could have scored several more times, but sometimes they lacked accuracy, like Ozan Kökçü in the 68th minute, and sometimes Roda JC Kerkrade was incredibly saved by Lennard Daneels, as when he took the ball off the goal line after a finish from David Garden.

In general, David Garden was almost the main loser for the hosts, because, in addition to the incredible moment in the 74th minute, he had another great opportunity in the time compensated by the referee, when he struck after a corner kick – past the goal.

The final score was 1:1 and “De Koempels” can be thankful that they won’t be going into the Roda vs Groningen match as the team that lost the previous match.

FC Groningen

“Trots van het Noorden” seems to have nothing to look forward to this season. The team from the north of the Netherlands is capable of beating an outsider, but when it comes to playing a more equal opponent, it means losing points, with the only exception being the victory against Helmond Sport, in which the visitors were really able to show their resilience.

If we look at previous matches, FC Groningen has not won in the Eerste Divisie since the game above against Helmond, which was back on September 22. Since then, they managed to lose to Den Bosch (0:3), NAC Breda (3:2), De Graafschap (2:1), Cambuur (2:1) and draw against Emmen (0:0) and Dordrecht (2:2). We will tell you more about the previous match against Dordrecht.

Dordrecht is finally fighting to get into the Eredivisie, and therefore matches like the one against FC Groningen are a must-win. They demonstrated their determination to win in the 9th minute when Rene Kriwak headed the ball into the empty net from close range to open the scoring at 0:1. The hosts responded instantly, Romano Postema successfully put his head on the near post and equalized a minute after his team’s missed goal – 1:1 in the 10th minute of the match.

FC Groningen

Then the advantage went to the guests again, first Hidde Jurjus almost scored a goal out of nowhere, just hitting Rene Kriwak when he took the ball out, but was lucky that the ball went past the goal. Then Groningen’s defenders simply lost Ilias Sebaoui, and he forgave and did not hit the near nine of the goal. The hosts mostly responded with long shots, but they did not pose much danger to Luca Plogmann’s possession. The first half ended with a draw on the scoreboard.

The second half of the game began with a great save from Hidde Jurjus, the goalkeeper showed good positional play in the goal and therefore covered the finish from Kriwak. The first dangerous moment in the second half from the hosts was a long-range shot by Johan Hove, the midfielder touched the ball, but it was taken over by the Dordrecht goal post.

FC Groningen players clearly believed in their abilities and therefore continued to put pressure on the visitors’ goal during the first half of the second half, and it paid off. Groningen’s goal came after a corner kick and a shot from Marvin Peersman, who practically shot the opponent’s goalkeeper – 2:1 in the 69th minute.

Dordrecht didn’t look as confident in the second half, but still found their chance to score a second goal. The guests managed to equalize in the 77th minute of the match, Marvin Peersman, who was the happiest player on the field 8 minutes ago, became an anti-hero when he gave the ball to Jari Schuurman, who set the final score of the match – 2:2.

The guests travel to Roda JC vs FC Groningen as the 13th team in the Eerste Divisie.

Roda JC Kerkrade vs FC Groningen: Head-to-Head

The teams have met very rarely lately, as Groningen spent most of their time in the Eredivisie, and Roda played in the second division, so the Roda JC vs FC Groningen match this Sunday will be the first in 5 years. However, if we take into account all the previous matches, the teams are fairly evenly matched and do not have any clear advantage in head-to-head confrontations.

Roda vs Groningen H2H
2017/18 Season
FC Groningen21Roda JC Kerkrade
Roda JC Kerkrade22FC Groningen
2016/17 Season
Roda JC Kerkrade31FC Groningen

Roda JS vs FC Groningen: Possible Lineups

The hosts may be missing Koen Bucker, who was injured in training before the game against Eindhoven. The good news is that we managed to wait for the full return of the main supporting midfielder and team captain Rodney Kongolo, the player seems to have almost recovered from the injury and will be able to take part in the match Roda JC vs FC Groningen. The visitors have all the important players in the main lineup and will be able to take part in the next game.

Roda vs Groningen Lineups
Roda JCFC Groningen
GoalkeepersLoek HamersHidde Jurjus
DefendersTeun Bijleveld, Brian Koglin, Matisse Didden, Boy ReithWouter Prins, Marvin Peersman, Radinio Balker, Marco Rente
MidfieldersRodney Kongolo, Wesley Spieringhs, Walid Ould-Chikh, Sami Ouaissa, Enrique Peña ZaunerJohan Hove, Joey Pelupessy, Leandro Bacuna, Thom van Bergen, Luciano Valente
ForwardsMaximilian SchmidRomano Postema

Roda vs Groningen: Match Prediction

The Parkstad Limburg Stadion will feature teams that like to score and concede. Roda will obviously run for the victory in front of their home fans, and it’s time for Groningen to win because the team clearly sets higher goals than the middle of the Eerste Divisie standings.

Our prediction is also supported by the statistics of previous matches between these teams, as they rarely left the field without scoring or conceding a goal after the final whistle.

Roda vs Groningen prediction: Both Teams to score with odds at 1.45.

The Match Prediction
Both Teams to score