Preview: RKC Waalwijk vs Sparta Rotterdam – prediction, team news, line-ups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Eredivisie clash between RKC Waalwijk and Sparta Rotterdam, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

RKC Waalwijk welcome Sparta Rotterdam at the Mandemakers Stadion during match week eight of the 2022-23 Eredivisie campaign on Saturday afternoon.

Having found their way to victory last time out, the teams head into the encounter in style, which should make for an exciting watch.

Match preview

Sparta Rotterdam have secured back-to-back wins in front of their fans with a narrow 2-1 win at Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel two Saturdays ago.

Maurice Steijnmen have fallen behind Ricardo Pepi‘s opened just after the hour mark before hitting back with strikes from Sven Mijnans and Vito van Crooy.

After collecting nine points from the last 12 available, De Rood-Witte Gladiatoren have now moved up to seventh place in the standings.

Then comes the challenge of an opposing team who have recorded only one triumph in the last nine encounters between the sides since 2018.

After a first away defeat of the season in their last away outing, Sunday’s visitors decided to avoid back-to-back defeats on the road for the first time in five months.

Waalwijk took home victory for the second game in a row with a 5-1 win over SC Cambuur on September 17.

After going behind Jamie Jacobsopens, Joseph Ostingmen equalized Michael Kramer after which strikes from Zakaria Bakkali, Ilias Bel HassaniKramer and a Marco Tol his own goal completed a dramatic turnaround.

As a result, RKC have moved into eighth place in the Eredivisie, one point and one place behind their next opponents ahead of this weekend’s encounter.

With 10 goals scored in their last two home fixtures, Sunday’s visitors will be looking to stage another attacking masterclass in front of an expectant home crowd.

RKC Waalwijk Eredivisie form:

Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie form:

Team News

Michiel Kramer has scored three times in his last two home games for Waalwijk and will be aiming for the goods again.

Coming off the bench to open his account for the season last time out, Zakaria Bakkali could be rewarded with a place in the starting XI here.

Tim Coremans won’t play a role for Sparta Rotterdam this weekend as they continue to struggle with a shoulder problem that has kept them out since July.

With four goals and one assist so far, Vito van Crooy has been directly involved in five of his team’s nine goals, making him a 26-year-old to watch.

Possible starting line-up of RKC Waalwijk:
Vassen; Lutonda, Van den Buijs, Adewoye, Gaari, Lelieveld; Clement, Anita, Bel Hassani; Kramer, Lobete

Possible starting line-up of Sparta Rotterdam:
Schoonerwaldt; Micha, Auassar, Vriends, Sambo; Kitolano, Mijnans, De Guzman; Van Crooy, Lauritsen, Saito

We say: RKC Waalwijk 2-1 Sparta Rotterdam

After a poor start to the current campaign, the teams have turned a corner in recent weeks and will feel good about themselves heading into this one. We anticipate a fairly even game with the home side narrowly ahead of their visitors at the end.

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