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Heracles Almelo vs Fortuna Sittard – Spoils to be shared in mid-table Eredivisie clash

Score-fest at Polman Stadion to produce over 3.5 goals
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Heracles Almelo are tipped to draw with Fortuna Sittard in Saturday's Eredivisie clash at the Polman Stadion (Getty Images)


Heracles Almelo vs Fortuna Sittard Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Five or more goals have been scored in four of Fortuna Sittard’s last five games. There are likely to be more net-busters when they visit an evenly matched Heracles Almelo side in the Eredivisie at the Polman Stadion on Saturday. I am tipping a draw at 4.00 and over 3.5 goals between the two sides at 2.10.

Heracles Almelo Form & Team News


Heracles Almelo have been unpredictable of late. Their last match saw them end a three-game losing run with a 1-0 win over Ajax Amsterdam. Mohammed Osman scored the only goal at the Polman Stadion but there were near misses at both ends of the pitch.

Heracles have won seven out of 10 home games in the Eredivisie but lost two of their last three at the Polman Stadion.

The only consistency has been inconsistency for Frank Wormuth’s side. Captain and centre-back Robin Propper remains unable to help them steady the ship due to a cruciate ligament rupture.

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Robin Propper's influence will be sorely missed by Heracles Almelo when they host Fortuna Sittard at the Polman Stadion in Saturday's Eredvisie clash (Getty Images)

Fortuna Sittard Form & Team News 


Fortuna Sittard’s games tend to contain lots of goals. Five or more have been scored in four of their last five matches in all competitions. Saturday’s visitors have been as inconsistent as Heracles in terms of results.

 A 5-0 drubbing at the hands of PSV Eindhoven was followed up by a 4-1 thrashing of Excelsior on Sunday. Lazaros Lamprou bagged a brace for Fortuna Sittard before Mark Diemers and Andrija Novakovich netted to seal the game.

Rene Eijer’s men will have to make do without captain and centre-back Wessel Dammers, who like counterpart Propper is out with a long-term cruciate ligament rupture.

Heracles Almelo vs Fortuna Sittard Head-to-Head


Fortuna Sittard beat Heracles 3-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Mark Diemers, Finn Stokkers and Ahmed El Messaoudi scored for Fortuna Sittard but home ground will no longer be in their favour come Saturday.

Heracles Almelo vs Fortuna Sittard Match Up


Heracles are likely to feel the absence of centre-back Robin Propper against a fearsome Fortuna Sittard attack. Ahmed El Messaoudi, Andrija Novakovich, Finn Stokkers and Lazaros Lamprou have each netted five Eredivisie goals this season and so there are multiple potential scorers for the visitors.

Fortuna Sittard are themselves missing skipper Wessel Dammers at the other end and have conceded 14 goals in their last three away matches. 

Heracles Almelo vs Fortuna Sittard Key Statistics


  • Heracles Almelo seen over 3.5 goals in 7 of their last 11 home matches (Eredivisie).
  • Heracles Almelo have picked up 6 points from their last 5 games (Eredivisie).
  • Fortuna Sittard have picked up 7 points from their last 5 matches (Eredivisie).
  • Fortuna Sittard have seen over 4.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Fortuna Sittard have seen over 3.5 goals in 10 of their last 12 away matches (all competitions).

Verdict


There is nothing to separate the two sides in terms of class or form. Both teams will be without their captains, leaving weaknesses at the back which can be exploited. 

Given the similarities between the teams, a draw at the Polman Stadion is the best bet. I am tipping over 3.5 goals to be scored at 2.10 and a draw at 4.00.

Best Bet: Over 3.5 Goals @ 2.10 at Bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 4.00 at Bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 Draw @ 11.50 at Bet365 - 1 Unit
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