Excelsior and Den Haag have been very evenly matched this season, and after twenty-seven league games the pair are only separated by one point in the Eredivisie table and their goal differences are only one apart as well. Excelsior have the home advantage in Friday’s curtain raiser for the weekends action in the Netherlands, and with form on their side it’s no surprise to see that the bookmakers have the hosts down as the favourites to take all three points.
When the two sides locked horns for their reverse league fixture in October a seventh minute strike from Caenepeel thrust the visitors Excelsior in front. Things went from bad to worse for the home side when Frenchman Duplan received his second yellow card of the game after just twenty-six minutes, reducing Den Haag to ten men. However, the hosts went in level at the break thanks to an opportunistic goal from Becker. There wasn’t much between the two sides during the second half as Excelsior failed to make their one man advantage show, but the visitors did eventually break their hosts down for a second time and claim all three points, thanks to an eighty-first minute strike from Faik.
Heading into their latest encounter against one another it’s the hosts Excelsior who claim the title of form favourites after they picked up three wins, one draw, and two defeats from their last six matches. Den Haag have been a little more inconsistent than the home side, with two wins, two draws, and two defeats from their last six games, but the visitors have now gone three games without a win. Both sides have been involved in a number of low scoring games of late, with Excelsior seeing three of their last six matches produce under 2.5 goals, and Den Haag witnessing under three goals in four of their last six. With both teams very evenly matched this season we’re expecting a very close game on Friday, with a low scoring draw the most likely outcome.
Excelsior’s top goalscorer in the league this season is van Duinen who has six goals to his name so far, while Norwegian front man Johnsen has ten in the Eredivisie for Den Haag and 26-year old USA born striker has been impressing scouts from around some of Europe’s top leagues. Neither side have a lot of goals in them and their defences have not been in great form this season, so this one could end 0-0 or 1-1.
We’re confident that under 2.5 goals will be scored on Friday night as the two clubs are very evenly matched and have scored or conceded a great deal over their last six league games. In terms of a final score we’re going with a 1-1 draw, but in truth we could see this game ending goalless if both sides have a poor day in front of goal.
Head To Head
These two clubs have met forty-one times over the years, and with 21 wins, 12 draws, and just 8 defeats it’s Den Haag who hold a significant head to head advantage.
Excelsior vs ADO Den Haag Stats
- Three of Excelsior’s last six matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
- Four of Den Haag’s last six matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
- Den Haag head into Friday’s game without a win in their last three matches.
- Excelsior have scored in each of their last four matches, but only kept one clean sheet.