Preview: Fortuna Sittard vs Sparta Rotterdam – prediction, team news, rosters
Sports Mole preview Friday’s Eredivisie clash between Fortuna Sittard and Sparta Rotterdam, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
The 23rd round of the 2021-22 Eredivisie season begins with a meeting between Fortuna Sittard and Sparta Rotterdam at the Fortuna Sittard Stadion on Friday.
Both teams head into the clash after wins in their respective last outings, and they will be looking to pick up where they left off.
Sparta ended a 10-game winless streak in all competitions by narrowly beating Willem II 1-0 at Het Kasteel on Sunday.
Younes Namli opened the scoring just before the hour mark and it was enough to secure the three points for henk fraserthe men of Rotterdam.
De Kasteelheren remains last but one in the Eredivisie table but is now just four points adrift of safety after their last triumph last time out.
Next up is a crucial clash against an opposing team who have won just one of the last nine meetings between the sides, suffering four losses and managing four stalemates in that span.
Friday’s visitors picked up a 3-1 win in the reverse game in September and have the chance to complete a league double against their hosts for the first time in history.
Fortuna Sittard recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time this term with a 1-0 win over Groningen at Euroborg on Saturday.
After a relatively quiet first half, the game came to life in the second half where Dimitrios Siovas appeared with an 82nd-minute winner.
Sjors UlteeThe men head into this weekend’s contest two points and one spot ahead of their next-placed opponents, and a victory would knock them out of the drop zone, albeit temporarily.
Having scored the fewest goals in the entire division, the Fortunezen will have to launch into the attacking side of the pitch if they are to avoid danger.
Fortuna Sittard Eredivisie form:
Form Fortuna Sittard (all competitions):
Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie form:
Lennart Thy was on target in the reverse game, but the 29-year-old heads into Friday’s game with just one goal in his last 20 appearances in all competitions.
January signing Younes Namli opened his account for Sparta against Willem II last time out, and the midfielder will once again be aiming to find assets.
Despite returning to the bench in the aforementioned game, Benjamin van Leer should not appear, with Maduka Okoye ready to keep his place between the sticks.
Samy Baghdadi recently returned from an injury layoff, and the Frenchman could return to action this weekend after sitting out the last six games with a knee injury.
With three goals in his last three home matches for Sittard, the striker Zian Flemming is one of those keeping tabs on having come to life in the second half of the season.
Possible starting composition of Fortuna Sittard:
Van Osch; Siovas, Samaris, Angha; Janssen, Duarte, Rienstra, Tirpan; Flemming, Seuntjens, Benschop
Possible starting line-up of Sparta Rotterdam:
Okoye; Durmisi, Auassar, Vriends, Abels; Namli, De Kamps, Verschueren, Van Crooy; Engels, your
We say: Fortuna Sittard 1-1 Sparta Rotterdam
With both teams languishing in the lower echelons of the table, we expect a nervous and wary affair in this one and a share of the spoils at the end of the 90 minutes.