PSV Eindhoven vs Sparta Rotterdam prediction, preview, team news and more
PSV Eindhoven will face Sparta Rotterdam at Philips Stadion on Sunday in the Eredivisie.
PSV Eindhoven entered the match after a 4-1 win over Christian Ilzer’s Sturm Graz in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. Goals from Ivorian midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, Israeli striker Eran Zahavi, German left-back Philipp Max and Belgian striker Yorbe Vertessen sealed the deal for Roger Schmidt’s PSV Eindhoven, which made send Sangare off at the end of the second half.
Slovenian center-back Jon Gorenc Stankovic scored the consolation goal for Sturm Graz.
Sparta Rotterdam, on the other hand, lost 4-0 to Cambuur de Henk de Jong in the Eredivisie. A brace from forward Issa Kallon and goals from left-back Alex Bangura and forward Tom Boere secured Cambuur’s victory. Sparta Rotterdam sent off left-back Aaron Meijers late in the second half.
Head-to-head PSV Eindhoven vs Sparta Rotterdam
In 16 confrontations between the two teams, PSV Eindhoven has a clear advantage. They have won 12 games, lost one and drawn three.
The two clubs last faced each other earlier this year in the Eredivisie, with PSV Eindhoven beating Sparta Rotterdam 5-3. A brace from striker Donyell Malen, now at Borussia Dortmund, and goals from Brazilian midfielder Mauro Junior, England striker Noni Madueke and Germany international Philipp Max secured victory for PSV Eindhoven.
Midfielder Bryan Smeets, striker Danzell Gravenberch and striker Reda Kharchouch scored the consolation goals for Sparta Rotterdam.
Guide of PSV Eindhoven in Eredivisie: LWLWW
Sparta Rotterdam fitness guide in the Eredivisie: LDDWL
PSV Eindhoven vs Sparta Rotterdam team news
PSV Eindhoven will be without US international Richard Ledezma, while there are doubts about the availability of talented young striker Noni Madueke and midfielder Davy Propper. Other than that, there are no known issues and manager Roger Schmidt should have a fit squad at his disposal.
Injured: Richard ledezma
Doubtful: Noni Madueke, Davy Propper
Meanwhile, Sparta Rotterdam boss Henk Fraser will be unable to enlist the services of center-back Tom Beugelsdijk. Left-backs Mica Pinto and Aaron Meijers are suspended.
Injured: Tom beugelsdijk
Suspended: Aaron Meijers, Mica Pinto
PSV Eindhoven vs Sparta Rotterdam Predicts XI
PSV Eindhoven Predicts XI (4-2-3-1): Joel Drommel, Jordan Teze, Andre Ramalho, Olivier Boscagli, Philipp Max, Erick Gutierrez, Ibrahim Sangare, Ritsu Doan, Mario Gotze, Cody Gakpo, Eran Zahavi
Sparta Rotterdam Predicts XI (4-2-3-1): Maduka Okoye, Dirk Abels, Bart Vriends, Michael Heylen, Laurent Jans, Adil Auassar, Mohammed Osman, Vito van Crooij, Lennart Thy, Bryan Smeets, Emanuel Emegha
PSV Eindhoven vs Sparta Rotterdam Prediction
PSV Eindhoven have lost two important players this summer: Donyell Malen and Denzel Dumfries. Roger Schmidt’s men are currently 4th in the Eredivisie standings, four points behind league leaders Ajax.
Sparta Rotterdam, meanwhile, is currently 13th in the standings. A poor result against Cambuur will not help their confidence, and Lennart Thy will have to face PSV Eindhoven.
PSV Eindhoven should be able to win here.
Prediction: PSV Eindhoven 2-0 Sparta Rotterdam
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