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The Eredivisie meeting at Johan Cruijff ArenA on Sunday sees home team Ajax lock horns with opponents Sparta Rotterdam.
All Ajax v Sparta Rotterdam game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below (including the best match odds).
Ajax will be looking for another win after the 1-2 Europa League success vs Lille.
In that match, Ajax had 64% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 5 on target. For Ajax, the goals were scored by Dušan Tadić (87') and Brian Brobbey (89'). On the other side, LOSC Lille Métropole got 4 shots at goal with 1 on target. Timothy Weah (72') scored for Lille.
Their more recent scorelines show that not much more can be done by the Ajax backline. de Godenzonen have been miserly, resulting in the total number of goals that have gone in at their end during their last six games standing at 4.
Going into this encounter, Ajax are unbeaten in the league by Sparta Rotterdam in their previous 9 matches. A long run without a loss.
Following on from being defeated in their last game at the hands of Fortuna Sittard in Eredivisie action, Sparta Rotterdam and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
The only scorer from Sparta Rotterdam was Danzell Gravenberch (31'). Lisandro Semedo (23') and Sebastian Polter (50') scored for Fortuna Sittard.
In the course of their 6 most recent matches, Henk Fräser's Sparta Rotterdam have managed to stick the ball in the net a total of 6 times - yielding them a goals per game average of 1.
Head to head
A study of their past head to head results going back to 12/02/2017 reveals that these fixtures have been pretty painful for Sparta Rotterdam. They have not managed to get any victories whatsoever whereas Ajax have just been too good for them, beating them in 100% of those matches.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 22 overall which averages out at 3.67 goals per match.
The previous league fixture between these sides was Eredivisie match day 1 on 13/09/2020 which ended up with the score at Sparta Rotterdam 0-1 Ajax.
The match was refereed by Jochem Kamphuis.
Team News: Ajax
Regarding absentees, there’s just the lone fitness concern for the Ajax manager Erik ten Hag to contend with from an otherwise complete group of players. Noussair Mazraoui (Knock) will miss out.
Team News: Sparta Rotterdam
Sparta boss Henk Fräser has to choose a team with limited availability. Aaron Meijers (Unknown Injury) and Tim Coremans (Torn Knee Ligament) will not be playing here.
In this game, Ajax can and should get a lot of shots on goal and make them count.
At the same time, Sparta Rotterdam won’t find it easy to find the back of the net but we do think it’s quite likely that they will be getting enough chances to score, too.
Our selection here is for a controlled 3-1 margin for Ajax at full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Johan Cruijff ArenA (54,990)
Captain: Dušan Tadić
Chairman: Frank Eijken
Manager: Erik ten Hag
Competitions: Eredivisie position 1, KNVB Beker (Quarter-finals), Europa League (Round of 32)
🔑 Star Man: Davy Klaassen
Typically used in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Davy Klaassen was born in Hilversum, Netherlands. Having made a first senior appearance for Ajax in the 2011 - 2012 season, the gifted Midfielder has netted 8 league goals in this Eredivisie 2020 - 2021 season to date coming from a total of 17 appearances.