Preview: Sparta Rotterdam vs FC Twente – prediction, team news, rosters

Sports Mole preview Friday’s Eredivisie clash between Sparta Rotterdam and FC Twente, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Matchday 14 of the 2022-23 Eredivisie season kicks off with a meeting between Sparta Rotterdam and FC Twente at Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel on Friday.

Both sides head into the clash in good form as the hosts aim to register a third straight win, while the visitors go in search of a fourth win in five outings.


Match preview

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Twente were denied a fourth triumph on the rebound thanks to a 1-1 stalemate against Go Ahead Eagles at De Grolsch Veste on Sunday afternoon.

Ron JansThe men of seemed to be on the right track after taking the lead Ricky Van Wolfswinkel before WillumThor Willumsson parity restored in stoppage time in the second half.

As a result, the Tukkers fell to fourth in the Eredivisie table, four points behind division leaders PSV Eindhoven.

Next up is the task of facing an opposing team with only two wins in the last nine encounters between the teams since 2018.

After picking up a first away win since August on their last trip, Friday’s visitors will be looking to claim a second straight league win on the road for the first time this season.

Sparta Rotterdam rose to the challenge of Vitesse in an emphatic 4-0 victory when the teams faced off at the GelreDome on Saturday.

After a lackluster first half, Tobias Lauritsen scored a brace in the second half, while Sven Mijnans and Arno Verschueren also participated in the act of putting Maurice Steijnhis swordsmen.

With 23 points from 13 league appearances so far, De Kasteelheren sit sixth in the league standings, three points behind their next opponents before the encounter.

Currently on a five-game winning streak at home, Friday’s hosts have passed a milestone in front of their fans and will be backing each other to come out on top in this one.

Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie form:

Form of FC Twente Eredivisie:


Team News

Tim Coremans remains out of action for Sparta Rotterdam as they continue to struggle with a shoulder problem, while Jonathan deGuzman has a muscle problem.

Twenty eight years old Younes Namli is set to miss a sixth game in a row with a knee injury sustained last month in a 3-1 win over FC Emmen.

Michal Sadilek returned to the bench for Twente last time out, and the Czech international is set to feature for the first time since August.

However, Wout Brama and Christos Tzolis are still ruled out for the away side as they are yet to shake off the knee and muscle injuries respectively.

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

Possible starting line-up of FC Twente:
Uninstall; Smal, Propper, Hilgers, Brenet; Zerrouki, Vlap; Cerny, Steijn, Misidjan; Van Wolfswinkel


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We say: Sparta Rotterdam 1-2 FC Twente

Teams are averaging almost two goals per game this season, and we expect both to be on the scoresheet. That said, Twente were clearly superior at the other end, and we think they come away with a narrow victory at the end.

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