FC Groningen take on away side Sparta Rotterdam at Euroborg in this Eredivisie tie on Sunday.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for FC Groningen v Sparta Rotterdam, scroll down - as well as up-to-date odds.
FC Groningen will be looking for an improved result here after a 6-0 Eredivisie losing effort in their last game against Vitesse.
Million Manhoef (4', 56', 74'), Melle Meulensteen (45'), Gabriel Vidović (71') and Sondre Tronstad (84') scored for Vitesse.
Matches featuring FC Groningen have usually been exciting affairs recently with a lot of goalmouth action being a real hallmark. Over their past six clashes, a total of 20 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 5 of them coming from FC Groningen. It will be interesting to find out whether or not that trend can be continued on in this game.
Looking at their past form shows that FC Groningen:
- are winless against Sparta Rotterdam in their last 4 matches in the league.
- haven’t won at home in the past 4 league matches. Fans are getting restless.
Sparta Rotterdam go into this meeting after a 4-1 Eredivisie win with the downing of SC Cambuur in their last game.
For Sparta Rotterdam, the goals were scored by Koki Saito (30'), Mica Pinto (38'), Joshua Kitolano (42') and Younes Namli (50'). Marco Tol (9') was the scorer for SC Cambuur.
Indicating their appetite for high-scoring matches, we’ve seen goals 20 times in the prior six games in which Sparta Rotterdam have taken to the field, making it a mean average of 3.33 goals each fixture. Opposition teams have managed 7 of this grand total.
Leading up to this clash, Sparta Rotterdam:
- haven't been beaten by FC Groningen when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league games.
- are without a win away from home in their last 2 league games.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head meetings stretching back to 16/02/2020 tells us that FC Groningen have won 2 of these games & Sparta Rotterdam 3, with the number of draws standing at 1.
In all, 19 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 9 of them for Trots van het Noorden and 10 belonging to Kasteelheren. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.17.
The last league encounter featuring these clubs was Eredivisie match day 7 on 17/09/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Sparta Rotterdam 2-1 FC Groningen.
The referee was Danny Makkelie.
Team News: FC Groningen
It seems likely that Trots van het Noorden may well use the 4-2-3-1 formation with Jan De Boer, Jorg Schreuders, Radinio Balker, Mads Bech, Nordin Musampa, Laros Duarte, Tomas Suslov, Oliver Antman, Johan Hove, Isak Dybvik and Ricardo Pepi.
Team News: Sparta Rotterdam
We are inclined to think that Kasteelheren appear most likely to play in a 4-3-3 system by sending out Nick Olij, Shurandy Sambo, Bart Vriends, Mike Eerdhuijzen, Michael Pinto, Younes Namli, Jonathan de Guzman, Dirk Abels, Vito van Crooij, Tobias Lauritsen and Arno Verschueren.
We think that FC Groningen will have to work hard as a team to put one past this Sparta Rotterdam side who we think might score at least once to gain the upper hand.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a very even match with a 0-1 win for Sparta Rotterdam when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Euroborg (22,525)
Captain: Joey Pelupessy
Chairman: Erik Mulder
Manager: Dennis van der Ree
Competitions: Eredivisie position 17
🔑 Star Player: Florian Krüger
Normally taking to the field in the Left Wing position, Florian Krüger was born in Staßfurt, Germany. After making a first senior appearance for Erzgebirge Aue in the 2018 - 2019 season, the accomplished Forward has contributed 4 league goals in this Eredivisie 2022 - 2023 campaign to date in 22 appearances.