Preview: Heerenveen vs Sparta Rotterdam – prediction, team news, rosters
Sports Mole preview Friday’s Eredivisie clash between Heerenveen and Sparta Rotterdam, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Herenveen and Sparta Rotterdam lift the curtain on the 2022/23 Eredivisie season with a fixture at the Abe Lenstra Stadium on Friday evening.
Both teams will look to kick off their respective campaigns on a winning note to help set the tone for the rest of the season.
Heerenveen concluded their preparations for the new campaign in style with a 3-1 victory over newly promoted Excelsior on Saturday.
Goals in both halves Joost van Aken on either side of Amine Sarrthe render strike Luuk Admiralis an unimportant consolation and did the work for Kees van Wonderen‘s men.
Buoyed by a relatively impressive eighth place last time out, De Superfriezen heads into the upcoming campaign with the wind in their sails.
Standing in their way on matchday one is an opposing team who have won just one win in the last eight meetings between the sides since 2017.
Having lost just one of their last 10 home games in all competitions, the hosts on Friday will back each other to ensure a positive result in this one.
Sparta Rotterdam overcame the threat from Emmen in their last warm-up friendly at Het Kasteel which ended 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.
A double in the first half of Vito van Crooy put Maurice Steijn‘s men in the driver’s seat and after Richairo Zivkovic pulled one back, Mario Engels put the game to bed 15 minutes time.
De Kasteelheren, who only retained their Eredivisie status on the last day of the season which has just ended, will now be keen to start on a high note this time around.
Currently on a five-game winning run away from home since May 7, the visitors on Friday are looking to continue their fine form in enemy territory.
Form Heerenveen (all competitions):
Form of Sparta Rotterdam (all competitions):
After scoring two goals last time out, 28-year-old Joost van Ake will again be looking to deliver the goods for Heerenveen.
Amin Sarr was on target when the sides last met and the Swede is one of those keeping tabs on having scored in his last three matches.
After successfully coming off the bench against Emmen, Mario Engels could be rewarded with a place in the starting line-up in this one.
Following his recent arrival from short-term Premier League giants Arsenal, Omar Rekik is in line to make his Sparta Rotterdam debut
Possible starting line-up for Heerenveen:
Nopert; Bochniewicz, Kaib, Van Aken, Van Beek, Van Ewijk; Tahiri, Haye, Kohlert; Sarr, Van Hooijdonk
Possible starting line-up of Sparta Rotterdam:
Olij; Abels, Verschueren, Vriends; Auassar, De Guzman, Eyenga-Lokilo, Meijers, Namli; Lauritsen, Van Crooy
We say: Heerenveen 1-0 Sparta Rotterdam
Both teams have enjoyed decent pre-season campaigns and they will aim to use that momentum to secure a Matchday One victory. We anticipate an exciting affair with the home side edging their visitors by an odd goal.
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