Feyenoord haven’t put in the defence of their title that they had hoped to this season, but the current Eredivisie champions have performed much better in the second half of the season. Fourth place looks like the most realistic finish for Feyenoord, as AZ currently boast an eleven point advantage and would have to have a complete collapse for third place to become available. Excelsior look set to finish in mid table with eighth place being a realistic target, and that would make for an improvement on last campaigns twelfth place finish.
Just one goal was scored when the two sides played out their reverse league fixture back in August, where despite their best efforts Excelsior were eventually beaten. The deadlock was broken in the eighteenth minute by Boëtius after good work from playmaker Vilhena, who claimed the assist. Feyenoord deserved their lead on the balance of play, with the visitors ending the game with 56% of the overall possession and more goal scoring attempts. However, Excelsior gave enough going forward to, in their opinion, have merited something from the game, but when you surrender possession at home to a side like Feyenoord then more often than not you are going to get punished.
With four wins and two defeats from their last six matches, Feyenoord head into Sunday’s game as the form favourites. Excelsior have been in decent form themselves, winning three of their last six, drawing one, and losing two. Feyenoord have a phenomenal record against Excelsior and have won six of their last seven encounters, with Excelsior yet to record a single away win against Feyenoord. Both teams have been in great goal scoring moods of late and with that in mind we’re expecting an end to end game that should feature goals at both ends of the pitch. All of Feyenoord’s last six matches, and four of Excelsior’s, have featured over 2.5 goals, which only adds to our belief that this game will see at least three goals scored.
Berghuis top scores for Feyenoord with twelve Eredivisie goals this season, but teammate Vilhena has nine, Jørgensen has eight, and Toornstra is on seven, so the hosts have more than one scorer to rely on. Excelsior lack a natural goalscorer, so when you consider they have challenged for a top half finish this season with van Duinen as their leading scorer in the league with six goals, you have to be impressed.
We’re backing this game to feature over 2.5 goals and see both teams get on the scoreboard, as both clubs have been at their strongest going forward in recent weeks and both have only kept two clean sheets in their last six attempts. As for a final score, we have gone with a comfortable 3-1 win for the hosts who should have too much for Excelsior to handle.
Head To Head
These two clubs have met forty-two times over the years, and with 36 wins, 1 draw, and 5 defeats it’s Feyenoord who have totally dominated this fixture.
Feyenoord vs Excelsior Stats
- Feyenoord have won six of their last seven matches against Excelsior.
- Excelsior have never beaten Feyenoord away.
- Over 2.5 goals have been scored in all of Feyenoord’s last six matches.
- Over 2.5 goals have been scored in four of Excelsiors’s last six matches.
- Feyenoord have scored in each of their last six matches, while Excelsior have only failed to score once during that same period.