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Sparta Rotterdam face off with visiting rivals FC Groningen at Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel in the Eredivisie tie on Sunday.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Sparta Rotterdam v FC Groningen match are shown here (plus the best game odds).
Sparta Rotterdam won’t want a repeat of their last result here following the 2-1 Eredivisie defeat last time out to PSV Eindhoven.
In that match, Sparta Rotterdam had 24% possession and 5 shots on goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Sparta Rotterdam was Lennart Thy (90'). On the other side, PSV Eindhoven had 26 attempts at goal with 12 on target. Ibrahim Sangaré (82') and Ryan Thomas (86') scored for PSV Eindhoven.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games where Sparta Rotterdam have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Sparta Rotterdam have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 games, leaking 11 goals on the way.
Heading into this contest, Sparta Rotterdam are without a home win in the past 2 matches in the league.
Last time out, FC Groningen drew 1-1 in the Eredivisie tie with FC Twente.
In that match, FC Groningen managed 40% possession and 8 shots at goal with 4 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for FC Groningen was Cyril Ngonge (8'). FC Twente had 11 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Manfred Ugalde (74') was the scorer for FC Twente.
The numbers tell their own story, and FC Groningen have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 13 goals in all. Defensively, FC Groningen certainly have room for improvement. That trend isn’t assured to be sustained into this next game, though.
Their prior results show that FC Groningen:
- are undefeated by Sparta Rotterdam in games played away from home for the previous 2 league games.
- have not won away from home in their last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
A review of their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 29/10/2017 shows us that Sparta Rotterdam have won 2 of these games & FC Groningen 4, with the tally of drawn games being 0.
A combined sum of 20 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 7 for Kasteelheren and 13 being from Trots van het Noorden. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.33.
The previous league fixture between these sides was Eredivisie match day 31 on 02/05/2021 when the final score was FC Groningen 1-2 Sparta Rotterdam.
In that match, FC Groningen had 59% possession and 11 shots at goal with 3 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Ramon Pascal Lundqvist (87').
Sparta Rotterdam had 11 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Abdou Harroui (27') and Tom Beugelsdijk (56') scored.
The referee was Danny Makkelie.
Team News: Sparta Rotterdam
The Sparta Rotterdam boss Henk Fräser will be thankful to have no fitness concerns whatsoever before this clash with a fully injury-free group available to choose from. Players who are serving a ban and are therefore ineligible to play are Mica Pinto and Aaron Meijers.
Team News: FC Groningen
FC Groningen manager Danny Buijs has a number of players out of action. Laros Duarte (Unknown Injury), Radinio Balker (Cruciate Ligament Injury) and Mike te Wierik (Foot Injury) miss out here.
In our view, FC Groningen will need to put in a solid display to breach the defence of this Sparta Rotterdam lineup who we think might well manage to score & go ahead.
We’re therefore tipping a good battle with a 1-0 victory for Sparta Rotterdam at the end of the 90.
We’ll see what happens.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel (11,926)
Captain: Adil Auassar
Chairman: Leo Ruijs
Manager: Henk Fräser
Competitions: Eredivisie position 16
⭐ Key Man: Lennart Thy
Usually playing in the Striker position, Lennart Thy was born in Frechen, Germany. Having played his first senior match for SV Werder Bremen II in the 2009 - 2010 season, the accomplished Forward has managed to score 2 league goals in this Eredivisie 2021 - 2022 season to date in a total of 8 appearances.