At VVV-Venlo and Willem II the knife is right on the throat, after the victory that ADO Den Haag booked Saturday night. Both clubs have now ended up under the demotion stop: at 14.30 pm the numbers 17 and 16 of the Eredivisie meet in De Koel.
This week VVV strengthened with Leon Guwara: the leased left-back from FC Utrecht starts right in the base, just like fellow newcomer Kristopher Da Graca. Trainer Hans de Koning has mixed up his team anyway, compared to the 4-1 defeat at PSV. Tristan Dekker, Roy Gelmi, Simon Janssen, Zinédine Machach and Joshua John are also new to the base.
Just before the holidays, Willem II took another meritorious point against Ajax, thanks to goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter. However, the not fully fit closing post is not there and is replaced by colleague Jorn Brondeel. Furthermore, Dries Saddiki and Görkem Saglam return to the base, at the expense of Leerroy Owusu and Wesley Spieringhs.
Venlo: Kirschbaum; Dekker, Gelmi, Da Graca, Guwara; Janssen, Post, Machach; Van Crooij, Giakoumakis, John.Willem II: Source; Saddiki, Holmén, Heerkens, Köhn; Saglam, Trésor, Van der Heijden; Nunnely, Wriedt, Pavlidung Is.