Preview: Sparta Rotterdam vs AZ Alkmaar – predictions, team news, rosters

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

The second leg of the 2022/23 Eredivisie season ends with a clash between Sparta Rotterdam and AZ Alkmar at Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel on Sunday.

The home side will be looking to claim all three points here after having to settle for one point last time out while the visitors seek back-to-back league victories following their Matchday 1 triumph.


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AZ Alkmaar cruised to a resounding 7-0 win over Dundee United in the second leg of their Europa Conference League qualifier at AFAS Stadion on Thursday.

Two goals each Vangelis Pavlidis and Tijjani Reijnders put Pascal Janssen‘s men in the driver’s seat before further strikes Hakon Evjen, Dani deWit and Mayckel Lahdo added more shine to the score line.

Prior to that, the Cheeseheads saw off the threat of the Go Ahead Eagles in a routine 2-0 victory to kick off their league campaign on a high.

Next comes the challenge of an opposing team who have only won two of the previous 31 meetings between the teams.

Having failed to win any of their last eight competitive outings away from home, Sunday’s visitors will be keen to turn the tide on the road.

Sparta Rotterdam kicked off the current Eredivisie season with a scoreless stalemate against Heerenveen at the Abe Lenstra Stadion on Friday night.

Maurice SteijnThe men enjoyed the slight majority of possession that day but were unable to convert it into anything meaningful.

De Kasteelheren, who is now unbeaten in each of his last five league outings since last season, currently sits 12th in the table.

With just one defeat in their last seven home fixtures, Sunday’s hosts will be confident of securing another positive result on their home turf.

Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie form:

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Team News

Zakaria Aboukhlal of AZ Alkmaar with his teammate after the game in November 2020© Reuters

Vito van Crooy was on target for Sparta Rotterdam last against this weekend’s opponents and he will be looking to deliver the goods again.

Adil Auassar stays out for the home side with a muscle injury, while Laurent Jans also missing due to a hamstring issue.

Once again, AZ Alkmaar would have to do without the services of Jesper Karlsson who is expected to miss an 11th game on the rebound due to a muscle injury.

jens odgaard and Zinho Vanheusden are also guaranteed to be out for Sunday’s game as they continue to recover from knee injuries.

Possible starting line-up of Sparta Rotterdam:
Olij; Pinto, Eerdhuijzen, Vriends, Abels; De Guzman, Verschueren; Van Crooy, Namli, Eyenga-Lokilo; Lauritsen

Possible starting line-up of AZ Alkmaar:
Verhulst; Kerkez, Martins Indi, Beukema, Chatzidiakos; Clasie, Reijnders; Evjen, De Wit, Van Brederode; pavlidis


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We say: Sparta Rotterdam 1-2 AZ Alkmaar

AZ Alkmaar have enjoyed the best of this game lately and will be confident to continue their good run. We believe they will emerge victorious when the final whistle blows in Rotterdam.

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