VVV-Venlo vs Sparta Rotterdam Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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VVV-Venlo vs Sparta Rotterdam Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

The newcomers Venlo will be aiming to begin their Eredivisie adventure brightly when they welcome Sparta Rotterdam at the Seacon Stadion De Koel on Saturday afternoon. Venlo managed a 1-1 home draw against NEC Nijmegen on Saturday, with Clint Leemans scoring the equaliser with just one minute before the hour mark. Meanwhile, Sparta Rotterdam were held to a 1-1 draw by Hamburger SV in a friendly game a fortnight ago, with Rick Van Drongelen scoring a first-half goal. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

It’s the first round and Venlo will be looking to kick off the new season brightly. However, Sparta Rotterdam looked incredibly strong over the past three months, particularly in their recent friendlies against Cambuur, Reading and Hamburger SV. I’m expecting goals at both ends of the field, as the previous three meetings between these two teams have seen both sides getting on the scoresheet.

Both teams to score - Yes at 7/10

Over 2.5 goals at 9/10

VVV-Venlo saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

VVV-Venlo saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Sparta Rotterdam

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

Sparta Rotterdam saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against VVV-Venlo

AVG Goals

0.5

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

VVV-Venlo Form Guide

VVV-Venlo Team Logo

VVV-Venlo

Won

1

Draw

2

Lost

7
D A

04-03-2018

Eredivisie

PEC Zwolle Team Logo PEC Zwolle

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

10-03-2018

Eredivisie

Excelsior Team Logo Excelsior

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

17-03-2018

Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven Team Logo PSV Eindhoven

FT 3 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

01-04-2018

Eredivisie

FC Twente Team Logo FC Twente

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

07-04-2018

Eredivisie

Sparta Rotterdam Team Logo Sparta Rotterdam

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

14-04-2018

Eredivisie

SC Heerenveen Team Logo SC Heerenveen

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

19-04-2018

Eredivisie

Ajax Team Logo Ajax

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L H

29-04-2018

Eredivisie

Roda JC Kerkrade Team Logo Roda JC Kerkrade

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

06-05-2018

Eredivisie

FC Utrecht Team Logo FC Utrecht

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

18-05-2018

Club Friendlies

SV Panningen

FT 1 - 5

(HT 0 - 5)

Sparta Rotterdam Form Guide

Sparta Rotterdam Team Logo

Sparta Rotterdam

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
L A

31-03-2018

Eredivisie

PEC Zwolle Team Logo PEC Zwolle

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

07-04-2018

Eredivisie

VVV-Venlo Team Logo VVV-Venlo

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

14-04-2018

Eredivisie

Vitesse Team Logo Vitesse

FT 7 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

18-04-2018

Eredivisie

NAC Breda Team Logo NAC Breda

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

29-04-2018

Eredivisie

Feyenoord Team Logo Feyenoord

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

06-05-2018

Eredivisie

Heracles Team Logo Heracles

FT 2 - 5

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

10-05-2018

Eredivisie Qualification

FC Dordrecht Team Logo FC Dordrecht

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

13-05-2018

Eredivisie Qualification

FC Dordrecht Team Logo FC Dordrecht

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

17-05-2018

Eredivisie Qualification

FC Emmen Team Logo FC Emmen

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

20-05-2018

Eredivisie Qualification

FC Emmen Team Logo FC Emmen

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

VVV-Venlo Preview

Venlo secured promotion to the Eredivisie at the end of the previous Eerste Divisie season after a four-year absence. They won the Eerste Divisie title with four points more than the second-placed Jong Ajax, who aren’t allowed to get promoted in the Dutch top tier as youth sides cannot play in the same league as their senior squad. Venlo have endured a mixed run of form throughout their pre-season campaign, registering two defeats, two wins and one draw in their five friendlies. Venlo haven’t spent any money this summer, but they still managed to bring in four new players as Lars Unnerstall, and Terry Antonis joined on free transfers from Fortuna Dusseldorf and Paok Saloniki respectively, while Tarik Tissutali and Lennart Thy both came on loan from Le Havre and Werder Bremen respectively. However, Ralf Seuntjens is still at the club, and he is a player to watch for Venlo as he was the last season’s top scorer with 16 goals under his belt in 38 league appearances. Venlo’s home form over the past year have been decent as they have only lost three of their last 18 home fixtures across all competitions. Furthermore, Venlo are unbeaten in their last seven home meetings with Sparta Rotterdam across all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in four of these.

VVV-Venlo Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for Venlo ahead of this tie.

Sparta Rotterdam Preview

On the contrary, Sparta Rotterdam got promoted to the Eredivisie one year ago, and they barely managed to secure their status last term as they finished in 15th spot in the standings tied on points with the first team from the drop zone, NEC Nijmegen. Actually, they have secured their status in the last two Eredivisie rounds, beating the likes of FC Twente and Go Ahead Eagles. The Rotterdammers looked good in pre-season, winning three and drawing three of their six friendlies. Overall, it has been a successful campaign for Sparta despite the fact that they have sold their best defender Rick van Drongelen this summer, as the 18-year-old player joined Hamburger SV on a €3m deal. They brought in another youngster as a replacement for van Drongelen, as Julian Chabot joined Sparta from RB Leipzig U19 on a free transfer. Dalibor Volas and Leonard Nienhuis have also joined the team on free transfers from NK Celje and SC Cambuur respectively. Sparta have endured a mixed run of form on the road over the past ten months, winning eight, drawing four and losing eight of their last 20 away games across all competitions. The good news is that Sparta are undefeated in their last four meetings with Venlo in all competitions, winning two and drawing two in this term.

Sparta Rotterdam Team News

Roland Bergkamp is a doubt, but Janne Saksela is missing through a cruciate ligament injury.

VVV-Venlo Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

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

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

VVV-Venlo vs Sparta Rotterdam Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Lars Unnerstall 198 100
17 LB Tristan Dekker 183 78
3 CD Jerold Promes 184 70
13 CD Nils Roeseler 192 84
4 RB Roel Janssen 177 63
9 CM Ralf Seuntjens 192 86
2 CM Moreno Rutten 176 69
8 CM Clint Leemans 186 74
14 RF Tarik Tissoudali 175 79
7 LF Vito van Crooy 177 73
11 CF Lennart Thy 182 75
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Roy Kortsmit 190 75
6 CD Julian Chabot 192 89
2 LB Sherel Floranus 181 74
5 CD Michel Breuer 183 72
3 RB Kenneth Dougal 182 79
8 CM Ryan Sanusi 181 76
10 CM Stijn Spierings 188 72
4 CM George Dobson 185 73
11 LF Craig Goodwin 193 83
9 CF Dalibor Volas 189 87
7 RF Ilias Alhalft 171 70