Preview: Sparta Rotterdam vs. Fortuna Sittard
Sports Mole provides an overview of Sunday’s Eredivisie clash between Sparta Rotterdam and Fortuna Sittard, including predictions, squad news and possible lineups.
Sparta Rotterdam Welcome Fortuna Sittard at Het Kasteel on Sunday in an effort to avoid a third consecutive defeat of the new Eredivisie season.
Meanwhile, visitors will be looking to find their way back to victory after a share of the loot on their last outing before the international break.
Sparta Rotterdam were left empty-handed away for the second game in a row as they suffered a 2-0 loss to newcomers Go Ahead Eagles at De Adelaarshorst two Saturdays ago.
Justin bakker broke the deadlock six minutes after the start of the match with a cold penalty kick, before Giannis-Foivos Botos made sure of the result just on time.
After this disappointing defeat at Deventer, Henk fraserThe men ‘s are currently down but one in the Eredivisie table, one point ahead of PEC Zwolle.
They will aim to kick off their season this weekend against a Fortuna side who have won just one of the last eight clashes between the teams.
However, that lone victory came in the last meeting in February, when Saturday’s hosts came down to a 2-1 loss at home.
Fortuna Sittard lost points for the first time this season as they were held in a 2-2 deadlock when they met RKC Waalwijk on August 27.
Sjors Ulteemen have taken the lead Samy Baghdadi but soon found themselves lagging behind thanks to Michiel Kramer‘s hug, only for Seuntjens rugs restore parity in the middle of the second half.
The Fortunezens are in eighth place with four points after playing just two games after their meeting with AZ Alkmaar was canceled originally scheduled for August 22.
Sunday’s visitors, who collected 23 of 41 points last season on the road, are now setting their sights on another feather in the cap on the outside.
Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie form:
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Fortuna Sittard Eredivisie form:
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Fortuna Lisandro Semedo still suffers from an ankle problem and the 25-year-old will miss his side’s trip to Rotterdam this weekend.
After his goal and his assist last time around, Mats Seuntjens is now involved in three of the visitors’ four goals this season, and he is one to watch.
Defender Mica pinto will serve the first of a three-game suspension in this one thanks to a back-to-back red card in Sparta’s loss to Go Ahead Eagles.
Twenty years Gaultier Overman is probably the biggest beneficiary of Pinto’s downtime, as he is expected to replace the left-back.
Possible starting line-up from Sparta Rotterdam:
Okoye; Overman, Heylen, Vriends, Abels; Auassar, Duarte, Thy; Mijnans, Van Crooy, Emegha
Fortuna Sittard possible starting composition:
Van Osch; Ferati, Janssen, Angha, Rota; Hansson, Tekie, Duarte; Flemming, Seuntjens, Baghdadi
We say: Sparta Rotterdam 2-0 Fortuna Sittard
Visitors will come to the competition in better shape and support each other to achieve a positive result. However, Sparta have the best record in this game, and we urge the home team to bring their campaign to life by winning all three points of it.