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PEC Zwolle vs Willem II - Eredivisie opener to end in a draw

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PEC Zwolle to be held at home by Willem II at MACPARK Stadion in tense season opener
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PEC Zwolle vs Willem II
PEC Zwolle vs Willem II clash in the Eredivisie tipped to finish in a draw (Getty Images)

PEC Zwolle vs Willem II Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Zwolle and Willem II are set to cancel each other out in their opening Eredivisie fixture at MACPARK Stadion. Both teams were separated by just five points last season and are coming off a summer of changes. They are tipped to battle to a draw at odds of 3.50.

PEC Zwolle Form & Team News


Zwolle are coming off a 1-0 victory at home against Greek team Asteras Tripolis in their final preseason friendly. They were made to work hard for the win with Gustavo Hamer's effort on 67 minutes proving to be the difference. 

John Stegeman's men impressed in preseason having gone unbeaten in four matches. They are priced at 2.20 for a win on Friday but having drawn two of their last three matches, I have gone for a similar outcome here.

Zwolle have been weakened following the departures of Sepp van den Berg and Younes Namli. They still boast some quality in the team with Vito van Crooij and Lennart Thy, both of whom should start in attack on Friday.

John Stegeman
John Stegeman's men impressed in preseason having gone unbeaten in four matches (Getty Images)

Willem II Tilburg Form & Team News


Willem II were also victorious in their final preseason friendly as they defeated Greek team OFI 2-1. They fought back from a goal down with Abdou Coulibaly netting the equaliser before winning a second half penalty which was converted by Marious Vrousai.

Adrie Koster’s men are also coming off a summer of changes with Alexander Isak leaving for Dortmund. Despite the departure of Isak, Willem II still had a solid preseason campaign as they went unbeaten in five matches.

Willem II are priced at 3.10 for a win on Friday but given the changes to their team, they are likely to be held by the hosts. Abdou Coulibaly impressed in preseason and should feature in attack in place of Alexander Isak.

Willem II
Willem II have drawn two of their last three matches in all competitions (Getty Images)

PEC Zwolle vs Willem II Head to Head


Willem II have a 10-9 lead in the head to head against Zwolle with two draws from 21 previous matches.  Zwolle claimed a 3-2 victory in the corresponding fixture last season with Vito van Crooij on target for Zwolle.

PEC Zwolle vs Willem II Match Up


Zwolle are likely to miss Younes Namli, whose creativity was a pivotal part of the team’s play season. They still have Vito van Crooij and Lennart Thy, both of whom are expected to trouble the Willem II defence. 

Willem II could also find things difficult without Alexander Isak, who scored 13 goals last season. They will be banking on Abdou Coulibaly, whose pace and movement should cause problems for the hosts.

PEC Zwolle vs Willem II Key Statistics 


  • PEC Zwolle are unbeaten in 2 of their last 3 matches (Eredivisie).
  • Willem II have drawn 2 of their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • Willem II are unbeaten in 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Willem II have drawn 2 of their last 3 away matches (Eredivisie).

Verdict

Zwolle and Willem II are attempting to adapt to life without a number of key players and are coming off impressive preseason campaigns. Both teams appear evenly matched at the moment and should battle to a draw at odds of 3.50.

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