Preview: Sparta Rotterdam vs FC Volendam – prediction, team news, rosters
Sports Mole preview Saturday’s Eredivisie clash between Sparta Rotterdam and FC Volendam, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Given the mixed results last time, Sparta Rotterdam and FC Volendam face off at the Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel on Saturday.
The home side head there after a win in their last outing, while the visitors look to bounce back from a humiliating defeat.
Sparta Rotterdam finally kicked off their league campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over Go Ahead Eagles on Saturday.
Maurice SteijnThe men of opened the scoring in the 18th minute by Tobias Lauritsen and that was enough to secure all three points for De Adelaarshorst.
With four points from as many games so far, De Rood-Witte Gladiatoren currently sit 11th in the Eredivisie table, although just two points behind the bottom European spot.
The next step awaiting them is to face an opposing team who have not won any of the last six meetings between the teams.
Having suffered understandable defeats to Ajax and AZ Alkmaar in their last two home fixtures, the hosts on Saturday will be keen to give their fans reason to cheer at the final whistle of this one. .
FC Volendam suffered a 7-1 defeat against PSV Eindhoven when the teams met at the Philips Stadion on Wednesday.
Cody Gakpo led the assault on Wim Jonk‘s men with a superb hat-trick, while xavier simons scored two goals with a Johan Bakayoko strike and Brian Flatown goal to complete the score.
As a result, Het Nieuwe Oranje are 13th in the standings, level on points with this weekend’s opponents ahead of the Rotterdam encounter.
Currently on a one-win streak in their last 11 road games in all competitions, Saturday’s visitors have work to do away from home.
Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie form:
Form of Sparta Rotterdam (all competitions):
Form of FC Volendam Eredivisie:
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Calvin Twig and Oskar Bour are currently struggling with long-term knee problems and both players have not played for FC Volendam since March.
The opposing team will also have to settle for the absence of Josh Flint after the 21-year-old suffered a muscle injury in pre-season.
Sparta Rotterdam Koki Saito missed each of the last two games with one blow, which could also see the Japanese out of Saturday’s game.
Having opened his account for the hosts this weekend, Tobias Lauritsen will be aiming to pick up where he left off in front of goal last time out.
Possible starting line-up of Sparta Rotterdam:
Olij; Pinto, Auassar, Vriends, Sambo; Mijnans, De Guzman, Kitolano; Van Crooy, Lauritsen, Namli
Possible starting line-up of FC Volendam:
Stankovic; James, Benamar, Mirani, Plat, Van Mieghem; Murkin, Eiting, Ould-Chikh; Muhren, Veerman
We say: Sparta Rotterdam 1-0 FC Volendam
Buoyed by last week’s win, Sparta Rotterdam will head into this one with a bang, while Volendam will have some soul-searching to do after a heavy defeat. We’re leaning the home team to prevail in this one, albeit by the narrowest of margins.
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