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Excelsior will arrive at Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel on Saturday for the Eredivisie fixture with home side Sparta Rotterdam.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Sparta Rotterdam v Excelsior can be found here (including the best match odds).
Sparta Rotterdam will be looking for an improved result here after a 2-0 Eredivisie losing effort in their last game against Feyenoord.
In that match, Sparta Rotterdam had 31% possession and 6 shots on goal with 0 of them on target. Feyenoord had 23 shots on goal with 4 on target. Dávid Hancko (57') and Lutsharel Geertruida (63') scored for Feyenoord.
It has not been often in recent games that Sparta Rotterdam have shown defensive steel. The facts show that Sparta Rotterdam have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 9 goals on the way. Having said that, time will tell if such a trend shall be replicated in this next match.
Going into this encounter, Sparta Rotterdam are without a home win in the past 5 league matches. That's never good.
Since a loss in their previous game against FC Twente in Eredivisie action, Excelsior and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Excelsior had 48% possession and 12 shots at goal with 3 on target. FC Twente had 14 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Daan Rots (2') and Ricky van Wolfswinkel (5', 13') scored for FC Twente.
Looking at their form, and Excelsior have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 11 goals overall. Defensively, Excelsior have clearly had some problems.
Going into this encounter, Excelsior are without an away win for the past 7 league matches.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head meetings stretching back to 07/04/2017 shows us that Sparta Rotterdam have won 2 of these games and Excelsior 3, with the number of drawn results being 1.
In all, 21 goals were scored between them in this period, with 11 from Kasteelheren and 10 netted by Roodzwarten. That is an average goals per game value of 3.5.
The last league match between these sides was Eredivisie match day 11 on 01/10/2023 and the score finished Excelsior 2-1 Sparta Rotterdam.
The referee was Jeroen Manschot.
Team News: Sparta Rotterdam
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Sparta Rotterdam gaffer Jeroen Rijsdijk to be concerned about due to a largely intact group of players. Camiel Neghli (unknown injury) misses out.
We think that Kasteelheren will probably line up in a 4-2-3-1 system, handing starts to Nick Olij, D. van der, Bart Vriends, Mike Eerdhuijzen, Django Warmerdam, Joshua Kitolano, Jonathan de Guzman, Pelle Clement, Arno Verschueren, Koki Saito and Tobias Lauritsen.
Team News: Excelsior
We’re of the thinking that Roodzwarten will likely play in a 4-3-3 lineup by sending out Stijn van Gassel, Siebe Horemans, Casper Widell, Kik Pierie, Arthur Zagre, Kenzo Goudmijn, Cisse Sandra, Julian Baas, Lance Duijvestijn, Troy Parrott and Couhaib Driouech.
We’re of the opinion that Excelsior are dangerous enough to score against this Sparta Rotterdam team, although that is unlikely to prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
Our selection here is for a very close game with a 2-1 victory for Sparta Rotterdam by the time that the referee blows the final whistle. We are expecting it to be pretty even.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel (11,000)
Captain: Bart Vriends
Chairman: Leo Ruijs
Manager: Jeroen Rijsdijk
Competitions: Eredivisie position 10
🔑 Star Man: Tobias Lauritsen
Regularly deployed in the Striker position, Tobias Lauritsen was born in Norway. Having played his first senior match for ODD Grenland in the 2018 season, the skilful Forward has managed 5 league goals in this Eredivisie 2023 - 2024 season so far from a total of 19 appearances.