Eredivisie | Sparta Rotterdam-FC Utrecht
Kick Off: 19:45 Hrs
Venue: Sparta Stadion
Sat 14th Jan 2017
Sparta Rotterdam vs FC Utrecht Match Prediction
FC Utrecht will look to extend their unbeaten streak across all competitions to 14 games when they travel to the Sparta-Stadion Het Kasteel to take on Sparta Rotterdam on Saturday night in the Eredivisie. Sparta Rotterdam were beaten 1-0 on the road at ADO Den Haag last time out in the Eredivisie, conceding the goal in the second half. Meanwhile, FC Utrecht managed a goalless away draw at Roda JC Kerkrade despite the fact that they had an overwhelming 63% ball possession. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.
Sparta Rotterdam Preview
Sparta Rotterdam’s form over the past three months has been a complete mixed bag with five defeats, three wins and two draws in their last ten games across all competitions. They are currently on a five-game winless streak in the Eredivisie, losing four and drawing once in this term. This leaves the Rotterdammers in 13th place in the league table tied on 17 points with the 14th-placed ADO Den Haag, just three points off the drop zone. Sparta Rotterdam have struggled going forward throughout this Eredivisie campaign, as they only managed 22 goals in 17 league fixtures. Loris Brogno is a player to watch here, as the 24-year-old midfielder is currently leading the club’s goalscoring charts with 7 goals and 4 assists in his 17 league appearances. The good news is that Sparta Rotterdam have been a strong side at the Sparta-Stadion Het Kasteel so far this season, losing just two of their eight home fixtures in the Eredivisie. They were unbeaten in eight competitive fixtures in front of their own fans prior to their 0-1 defeat at the hands of Vitesse in their most recent league match. Furthermore, Sparta Rotterdam have won two of their last three home meetings with FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie.
FC Utrecht Preview
On the contrary, FC Utrecht have enjoyed a great run of form recently as they enter the fray off the back of a 13-game unbeaten streak across all competitions. They have won eight and drawn five in this term, including a goalless away draw at Roda JC Kerkrade in their most recent league fixture back in the middle of December 2016. Utrecht currently stand in 6th position in the Eredivisie table with 25 points to their name after 17 rounds, just four points off the 4th-placed SC Heerenveen. Utrecht can count on their away form ahead of this trip as they have only lost once in their last ten fixtures across all competitions. They are currently unbeaten in five games on the road, conceding just two goals in the process. In addition, Utrecht picked up a comfortable 0-3 victory in their most recent visit to the Sparta-Stadion Het Kasteel. Overall, Utrecht are unbeaten in their five meetings with Sparta Rotterdam in all competitions, scoring at least two goals in each of these. Sebastien Haller has been Utrecht’s most influential player on the pitch so far this season, helping the team with 9 goals and 3 assists in his 17 league appearances.
Sparta Rotterdam Team News
Michel Breuer, Florian Pinteaux and Daniel Breedijk are all doubts, but Roland Bergkamp is out with a cruciate ligament injury.
FC Utrecht Team News
Rico Strieder and Robbin Ruiter are both missing through injury, while Edson Braafheid and Darren Etto Rosheuvel are both doubts. The good news is that Jeff Hardeveld is back in training.
Betting Predictions and Tips
Although Sparta Rotterdam have struggled for consistency over the past few weeks, they still are a strong side in front of their own fans. They managed to score at least two goals in six of their last ten home fixtures across all competitions. On the flip side, Utrecht have only lost once in their last ten away games in all competitions and kept a clean sheet in three of their most recent five trips. This having been said, I’m expecting a high-scoring affair with goals at both ends of the field.
Rick van Drongelen
Zakaria El Azzouzi
Robin van der Meer
Marc van de Maarel
|6||CD||Rick van Drongelen||185||75|
|9||CF||Zakaria El Azzouzi||177||65|
|15||RB||Robin van der Meer||198||80|
|2||LB||Marc van de Maarel||186||78|