Match Time: 2/15/2020 03:00 Saturday（GMT+8）
NEC Nijmegen are without Norbert Alblas and Frank Sturing remains doubtful. Helmond are without the pair of Stefan Tielemans and Bram Zwanen.
Doubtful: Frank Sturing (match fitness)
Injured/Unavailable: Norbert Alblas (torn ligaments)
Injured/Unavailable: Stefan Tielemans, Bram Zwanen (all unspecified)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
NEC Nijmegen absolutely demolished Telstar in the previous match round. They took an early lead thanks to Ole Romeny ter Haar in the eighth minute. Telstar equalized on the half hour mark. After this the match completely changed towards NEC Nijmegen’s favour. Anthony Musaba scored in the 32nd minute. Zian Flemming scored in the 34th and 45th minute for a 4-1 half time lead. Rens van Eijden scored in the 66th minute and things got even better after Telstar scored an own goal in the 90th minute and Aymen Sellouf added the seventh goal just briefly after. NEC Nijmegen have now overtaken Telstar in the 9th place in the rankings.
Helmond struggled against Excelsior although after an early deficit, allowing a goal in the 3rd minute. They held on to a 1-0 deficit until half time and a part of the second half. But three goals in quick succession saw Helmond suddenly trail 4-0; as they had allowed goals in the 70th, 72nd and 73rd minute. Givan Werkhoven scored a consolation goal seven minutes later. Helmond remain bottom due to this defeat and have now failed to win in their last 14 league games.
NEC Nijmegen is in good form, home win!
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE: NEC NIJMEGEN
Helmond have failed to keep a clean sheet away from home in the league all season and I see no reason for this to change. Helmond have scored only three goals in the first half all season as well. I see NEC Nijmegen taking the lead.
HEAD TO HEAD:
NEC Nijmegen have never lost at home to Helmond in the league in the past three encounters. The home side have won 2 and drew one, last season saw them book a 3-2 victory.