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Sparta Rotterdam will visit Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion on Sunday for the Eredivisie showdown with hosts FC Groningen.
All FC Groningen v Sparta Rotterdam game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below - as well as up-to-date odds.
FC Groningen will be wanting a better result here following the 1-0 Eredivisie defeat in their last game at the hands of PSV Eindhoven.
In that match, FC Groningen managed 40% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. PSV Eindhoven got 13 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Eran Zahavi (64') scored for PSV Eindhoven.
It has been a rare occasion in recent times where FC Groningen haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Trots van het Noorden have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 10 goals during that time. That sort of pattern isn’t assured to be sustained into this next game, however.
Looking at the pre-match facts, FC Groningen:
- have not lost a league tie with Sparta Rotterdam in their last 4 matches.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Sparta Rotterdam come into this meeting after a 2-0 Eredivisie win to beat VVV-Venlo in their most recent game.
In that match, Sparta Rotterdam managed 52% possession and 19 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. For Sparta Rotterdam, the goalscorers were Laros Duarte (41') and Bryan Smeets (67'). On the other side, VVV-Venlo had 10 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target.
In 5 of the past 6 clashes featuring Sparta Rotterdam, a relatively low number of goals have been struck between them and opposing sides. The overall average number of goals per game in that period works out to a meagre 2.33, with the number of goals averaged by Kasteelheren standing at 1.5.
Leading up to this clash, Sparta Rotterdam:
- haven't beaten FC Groningen when they have played them away from home in the previous 6 league games. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 league games.
Head to head
A review of their prior head-to-head clashes dating back to 19/02/2017 shows that FC Groningen have won 4 of these and Sparta Rotterdam 1, with the number of drawn results being 1.
A total of 21 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 14 for Trots van het Noorden and 7 netted by Kasteelheren. The average goals per game has been 3.5.
The last league meeting featuring the two was Eredivisie match day 13 on 19/12/2020 and the score finished Sparta Rotterdam 2-3 FC Groningen.
The match was refereed by Danny Makkelie.
Team News: FC Groningen
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just the lone fitness concern for the FC Groningen manager Danny Buijs to contend with from an otherwise fully-primed set of players. Bart van Hintum (Unknown Injury) is sidelined. Alessio Da Cruz cannot play in this game through suspension.
Team News: Sparta Rotterdam
Sparta manager Henk Fräser has some current player fitness concerns. Danzell Gravenberch (Unknown Injury), Jeffry Fortes (Unknown Injury) and Bart Vriends (Unknown Injury) are not ready for selection.
Our thinking is that Sparta Rotterdam have it within them to find the net against this FC Groningen side, however it is unlikely to prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We’re going for a 2-1 advantage for FC Groningen at full-time. Should be a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion (22,550)
Captain: Arjen Robben
Chairman: Bert Middel
Manager: Danny Buijs
Competitions: Eredivisie position 7
🔑 Key Player: Mohamed El Hankouri
Generally played in the Left Wing position, Mohamed El Hankouri was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Having made his senior debut playing for Feyenoord in the 2016 - 2017 season, the gifted Forward has managed 3 league goals in the Eredivisie 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 29 appearances.