Preview: Sparta Rotterdam v Ajax
Sports Mole provides an overview of Sunday’s Eredivisie clash between Sparta Rotterdam and Ajax, including predictions, squad news and possible lineups.
Having qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with ease, Ajax take over Eredivisie duties with Sunday trip to humble Sparta Rotterdam.
Erik Ten HagThe s team have placed fairly well at the top of the table, while their hosts are 15 spots and 20 points down heading into Game Week 14.
Seeking to continue their impressive 3-0 success over Willem II with a win over European hopefuls Twente, Sparta Rotterdam gave Ron JansThe men had a good run for their money but eventually succumbed to a 1-0 loss at home.
Ricky van wolfswinkel scored the game’s only goal from a penalty kick with seven minutes remaining to doom Sparta Rotterdam to their seventh loss in 13 games this season, making their challenge to move away from relegation one step further.
Henk fraserThe men are in 16th place and are in the relegation playoff spot as it stands – just one point above Fortuna Sittard but six ahead of the boys from basement PEC Zwolle – and they don’t ‘have now failed to score in three of their last four top-level meetings.
Sparta Rotterdam head to Sunday’s fixture with the champions having achieved just one win out of their last nine Eredivisie attempts, and they also failed to win five times at their seat, creating some problems for Fraser ahead of this weekend’s intimidating game.
After consistently playing down speculation about working at Manchester United, Erik ten Hag ensured Ajax’s perfect start to the 2021-22 Champions League would be extended to midweek, with Besiktas falling short of the superiority of the giants of Amsterdam.
The Dutch champions advanced to the round of 16 thanks to a 2-1 win over Besiktas, with a replacement Sebastien haller maintain his ruthless streak in Europe with both goals the next day Rachid Ghezzal unblocked the impasse on the spot.
Haller’s eighth and ninth tournament goals allow him to lead the way with Robert lewandowski at the top of the scorers’ table, and the former West Ham United player also scored twice in a 5-0 win over Waalwijk last weekend to see Ajax stay above PSV Eindhoven at the top of the goal difference.
The Champions League record of 42 goals scored and only two conceded at the other end of the pitch is quite astonishing, and they haven’t lost any away games in any tournament in 2021, so few bets. will be placed on the Sparta Rotterdam ending this. hot streak here.
Ajax were only able to register a 1-0 victory at Sparta Rotterdam last season thanks to Antoine, but they won 4-2 at home in February and will aim to extend their winning streak against the hosts to 10 games on Sunday.
Shape of Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie:
Sparta Rotterdam form (all competitions):
Ajax Eredivisie form:
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Sparta Rotterdam have no injury or suspension issues to circumvent for this competition, and Fraser should remain confident in the majority of the eleven who frustrated Twente for great games last time around.
Such a configuration would see Emmanuel Emegha and Lennart Thy form a two-party strike partnership, and Michael Heylen is an option at the back if Fraser goes for a more defensive form against the league leaders.
As for Ajax, last season’s match winner Antony missed out on victory over Besiktas but is believed to have only rested, while the midfielder Edson alvarez comes back from a European suspension.
Antony and Haller should take their rightful place in attack because David Neres and Mohamed daramy give up, and Davy klaassen could make way for Alvarez’s return to midfield.
André Onana came back from a long doping suspension in time to face 38-year-old Besiktas Remko pasveerThe time of the first team could now be coming to an end.
Possible starting line-up from Sparta Rotterdam:
Okoye; Masouras, Vriends, Beugelsdijk, Pinto; Mijnans, Auassar, Abels, Smeets; Emegha, your
Possible starting lineup for Ajax:
Onana; Mazraoui, Bois, Martinez, Blind; Alvarez, Gravenberch; Antoine, Berghuis, Tadic; Haller
We say: Sparta Rotterdam 0-3 Ajax
A sense of inconsistency has plagued Ajax in the Eredivisie recently, but this game is only likely to end one way with Ten Hag able to rest some of his star names midweek.
Sparta Rotterdam held their own against Twente, but the hosts facing relegation will certainly not surprise the away day specialists.