NEC Nijmegen vs Sparta Rotterdam Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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NEC Nijmegen vs Sparta Rotterdam Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

NEC Nijmegen and Sparta Rotterdam will square off at the Goffertstadion on Saturday night, with both sides looking to return to winning ways in the Eredivisie. NEC Nijmegen were beaten 3-1 on the road at PSV Eindhoven last time out, with their consolation goal being scored by Ali Messaoud. Meanwhile, Sparta Rotterdam threw away a two-goal lead to register a 2-2 home draw against FC Groningen. Paco Van Moorsel and Ivan Calero scored two early goals for Sparta Rotterdam, but this wasn’t enough for Alex Pastoor’s men to grab all three points as Sparta managed to level the game just before the break. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

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Betting Predictions and Tips

Both teams have been terrible in the Eredivisie over the past few weeks, and both allowed at least two goals in their most recent four league fixtures. Although, NEC Nijmegen looked solid in front of their own fans over the past three months, losing just once in their last six home league games. In addition, NEC have won their last two home competitive games against Sparta Rotterdam, scoring five goals and conceding none in this term. I’m backing NEC Nijmegen to grab all three points, but I’m also expecting Sparta Rotterdam to get on the scoresheet.

NEC Nijmegen to win at 11/8

Both teams to score - Yes at 4/6

NEC Nijmegen Preview

NEC Nijmegen have been terrible over the past month, losing all of their last four games in the Eredivisie. The worrying fact is that NEC have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four league outings. Keeping the ball out of their own net has been NEC’s biggest problem throughout this Eredivisie campaign, as they have one of the leakiest defences in the division with 39 goals conceded in 23 rounds. They also looked short going forward this season, having scored just 23 goals in 23 league outings. Jay-Roy Grot is leading the club’s goalscoring charts with 5 goals under his belt, while Dario Dumic and Kevin Mayi have bagged eight goals and five assists between them. NEC Nijmegen currently stand in 12th position in the Eredivisie table with 25 points to their name after 23 rounds, six points clear of the relegation zone. On home soil, NEC were on a five-game unbeaten streak in the Eredivisie prior to their 1-2 defeat against Go Ahead Eagles in their most recent home league fixture. The good news is that NEC have won their last two competitive home fixtures with Sparta Rotterdam, keeping a clean sheet in each of these.

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Sparta Rotterdam Preview

Sparta Rotterdam are the most out-of-form team in the Eredivisie at the moment, as they are currently on an eleven-game winless streak. Sandwiched in-between these negative results, the Rotterdammers picked up a penalty-shootout win over Volendam in the quarter-finals of the KNVB Beker Cup. Regarding their Eredivisie campaign, Sparta find themselves only in 15th place in the standings tied on 19 points with Go Ahead Eagles and Excelsior. Similar to their Saturday’s opponents, Sparta Rotterdam have also struggled to keep the ball out of their own net throughout this Eredivisie campaign as they hold one of the worst defensive records in the division, conceding 42 goals in 23 league outings. However, the Rotterdammers managed a decent tally of 30 goals in 23 rounds, which is one of the best attacking records in the bottom half. Loris Brogno has been Sparta’s most influential player on the pitch throughout this Eredivisie campaign, helping the team with seven goals and four assists in his 18 league appearances. Away from home, Sparta Rotterdam are currently on an eleven-game winless streak in the Eredivisie since a 0-3 victory at PEC Zwolle back in the middle of August 2016. The good news is that Sparta Rotterdam picked up three victories in their last five visits to the Goffertstadion.

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NEC Nijmegen Team News

Frank Sturing, Mikael Dyrestam and Fabian Gmeiner are all doubts, but Jay-Roy Grot and Jeffrey Leiwakabessy are both missing through injury. In addition, Janio Bikel is out through suspension.

Sparta Rotterdam Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for Sparta ahead of this game, but Daniel Breedijk is back in training following his knee injury.

NEC Nijmegen saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Sparta Rotterdam saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

NEC Nijmegen Form Guide

NEC Nijmegen Team Logo

NEC Nijmegen

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
W A

25-09-2018

KNVB Cup

Excelsior Team Logo Excelsior

FT 2 - 3

(HT 2 - 1)

D H

28-09-2018

Eerste Divisie

Go Ahead Eagles Team Logo Go Ahead Eagles

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

05-10-2018

Eerste Divisie

Almere City FC Team Logo Almere City FC

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

12-10-2018

Eerste Divisie

FC Eindhoven Team Logo FC Eindhoven

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

19-10-2018

Eerste Divisie

Telstar Team Logo Telstar

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

26-10-2018

Eerste Divisie

TOP Oss Team Logo TOP Oss

FT 1 - 5

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

01-11-2018

KNVB Cup

Fortuna Sittard Team Logo Fortuna Sittard

FT 2 - 3

(HT 2 - 1)

W H

04-11-2018

Eerste Divisie

Jong AZ Alkmaar Team Logo Jong AZ Alkmaar

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

09-11-2018

Eerste Divisie

Jong Ajax Team Logo Jong Ajax

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

18-11-2018

Eerste Divisie

Sparta Rotterdam Team Logo Sparta Rotterdam

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Sparta Rotterdam Form Guide

Sparta Rotterdam Team Logo

Sparta Rotterdam

Won

5

Draw

4

Lost

1
D A

21-09-2018

Eerste Divisie

TOP Oss Team Logo TOP Oss

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

25-09-2018

KNVB Cup

Noordwijk Team Logo Noordwijk

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

28-09-2018

Eerste Divisie

FC Dordrecht Team Logo FC Dordrecht

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

D A

05-10-2018

Eerste Divisie

Go Ahead Eagles Team Logo Go Ahead Eagles

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-10-2018

Eerste Divisie

Cambuur Team Logo Cambuur

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

19-10-2018

Eerste Divisie

Roda JC Kerkrade Team Logo Roda JC Kerkrade

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

26-10-2018

Eerste Divisie

Telstar Team Logo Telstar

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

02-11-2018

Eerste Divisie

MVV Maastricht Team Logo MVV Maastricht

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

09-11-2018

Eerste Divisie

Jong FC Utrecht Team Logo Jong FC Utrecht

FT 4 - 2

(HT 3 - 2)

D A

18-11-2018

Eerste Divisie

NEC Nijmegen Team Logo NEC Nijmegen

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

NEC Nijmegen Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Sparta Rotterdam Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

NEC Nijmegen vs Sparta Rotterdam Sidelined Players

NEC Nijmegen
17 Jay-Roy Grot Injured
6 Mikael Dyrestam Injured
Sparta Rotterdam

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Joris Delle 190 84
2 LB Michael Heinloth 176 66
3 CD Dario Dumic 188 85
4 CD Wojciech Golla 182 80
15 CD Robin Buwalda 188 82
24 RB Andre Fomitschow 180 74
19 CM Julian von Haacke 181 70
16 CM Ferdi Kadioglu 173 64
34 CM Gregor Breinburg 171 70
20 CF Mohamed Rayhi 178 76
18 CF Kevin Mayi 182 78
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Roy Kortsmit 190 75
5 CD Michel Breuer 183 72
2 LB Denzel Dumfries 189 80
3 RB Sherel Floranus 181 74
6 CD Rick van Drongelen 185 75
4 CM Ryan Sanusi 181 76
10 CM Paco van Moorsel 185 74
8 CM Mart Dijkstra 183 80
7 LF Jerson Cabral 177 69
9 CF Martin Pusic 182 75
11 RF Ivan Calero 174 64