Excelsior vs. NAC Breda: Eredivisie Promotion Playoff Final Preview

Sports Mole previews the highly anticipated Eredivisie Promotion Playoff final between SBV Excelsior and NAC Breda, offering insights into predictions, team news, and potential lineups for the crucial match.

With a commanding lead from the first leg, NAC Breda is on the cusp of securing a return to the Eredivisie as they face off against SBV Excelsior in Rotterdam this Sunday.

NAC Breda’s impressive journey to the final has been marked by a string of victories, including a remarkable 6-2 win in the first leg against Excelsior. The team’s attacking prowess, led by Dominik Janosek, has been a key factor in their success, scoring a total of 18 goals in just five playoff matches.

Excelsior, on the other hand, faces an uphill battle to overturn the deficit after a disappointing performance in the first leg. Despite their strong offensive capabilities, highlighted by Troy Parrott’s standout hat-trick in a previous match, Excelsior’s defensive vulnerabilities have been exposed.

Key players to watch in the upcoming clash include Lance Duijvestijn for Excelsior, who will be absent due to suspension, and NAC Breda’s Cuco Martina, who returns to Rotterdam to lead his team’s defense.

In what is expected to be a high-scoring encounter, both teams will be looking to secure a victory. While Excelsior aims to salvage pride with a win on the night, NAC Breda is poised to clinch a coveted spot in the Eredivisie for the upcoming season.

Predicted Lineups:
SBV Excelsior: Van Gassel; Benita, Horemans, Widell, De Moes; Goudmijn, Baas; Lamprou, Sandra, Driouech; Parrott
NAC Breda: Van de Merbel; Lucassen, Martina, Van den Bergh, Kemper; Jensen, Staring; Kuijpers, Omgba, Janosek; Haugen

Prediction: SBV Excelsior 3-2 NAC Breda (NAC Breda win 8-5 on aggregate)