Preview: Sparta Rotterdam vs. Vitesse
Sports Mole provides an overview of Saturday’s Eredivisie clash between Sparta Rotterdam and Vitesse, including predictions, squad news and possible rosters.
Looking for a fifth consecutive victory in all competitions, Speed visit the Het Kasteel on Saturday to face Sparta Rotterdam.
On the other hand, the home side are looking to end a five-game winless streak that has seen them fail for over a month.
Sparta saw his KNVB-Beker journey end at the GelreDome where he lost 2-1 to Vitesse on Wednesday.
Henk frasers men took the advantage from the penalty spot to Vito van Crooy before a hug from Nikolai Frederiksen turned the tide in Arnhem.
De Kasteelheren recorded a three-game losing streak in his last league outing which ended 0-0 against Heerenveen.
The Rotterdam-based club are down but one on the paper, three points off safety as the campaign nears its midpoint.
Saturday’s hosts, who have managed only one home triumph throughout the season, are now striving to give their fans a reason to cheer on their penultimate home game of the year.
Vitesse showed great power of recovery to secure a 2-1 victory over Heracles Almelo on Sunday.
Thomas letschthe men went behind Nikolai Laursen‘opener in the middle of the first half before retaliating in the two halves of Lois Openda.
Airborne Football Club moved up to fourth place in the standings but remain eight points behind current leaders PSV Eindhoven.
Next awaits them, a clash against opponents who have won just two of the last 19 games involving the teams in the past 15 years.
Shape of Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie:
Sparta Rotterdam form (all competitions):
Eredivisie speed form:
Speed form (all competitions):
Maduka Okoye remain on the sidelines and the Nigerian goalkeeper is set to miss a fourth game in a row.
Emmanuel Emegha was on the right track in this game last season and will look to deliver the goods again.
Twenty years Daan Reiziger hasn’t played for the visiting team this quarter and still doesn’t know when he’ll be back in action.
Nikolai Frederiksen has now scored three goals in his last three outings with Vitesse, making him one to watch this weekend.
Possible starting line-up from Sparta Rotterdam:
Van Leer; Masouras, Beugelsdijk, Vriends, Pinto; Abels, Mijnans, Smeets; Auassar, Emegha, Ton
Possible starting speed composition:
Schubert; Doekhi, Bazoer, Rasmussen; Yapi, Tronstad, Gboho, Bero, Dasa; Openda, Darfalou
We say: Sparta Rotterdam 1-2 Speed
Vitesse is entering the competition in arguably its best form of the season and will support itself to continue to drive the juggernaut. We support them to get the job done as soon as the whistle blows full time.