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NEC are the guests at Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel on Friday for the Eredivisie meeting with hosts Sparta Rotterdam.
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Sparta Rotterdam will be looking for another win after a 3-1 Eredivisie victory over Fortuna Sittard.
In that match, Sparta Rotterdam managed 44% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. For Sparta Rotterdam, the goalscorers were Bryan Smeets (21'), Lennart Thy (29') and Emanuel Emegha (73'). Fortuna Sittard got 3 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Mats Seuntjens (49') scored for Fortuna Sittard.
It has not been often in recent times that Sparta Rotterdam have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that Sparta Rotterdam have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 games, shipping 11 goals along the way. We will have to find out whether or not that trend will be continued on in this game.
Their past results show that Sparta Rotterdam:
- haven't lost in the league to NEC in their last 4 games.
- are unbeaten in their previous 7 league matches at home.
In their previous fixture, NEC drew 0-0 in the Eredivisie match with Willem II.
In that game, NEC managed 75% possession and 22 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. At the other end, Willem II had 8 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
The trend of at least one team drawing a blank in games featuring NEC has become apparent in recent matches. A glance at their last six games shows that it’s occurred 5 times. During these clashes, their opponents have managed a goal aggregate of 6 while NEC have scored 8.
Heading into this fixture, NEC haven't won against Sparta Rotterdam when having played them away from home in the previous 4 league matches. Not the best of away records.
Head to head
A review of their prior head to head clashes stretching back to 02/11/2014 shows us that Sparta Rotterdam have won 3 of these games & NEC 1, with the tally of drawn games standing at 2.
A total of 11 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 7 for Kasteelheren and 4 created by NEC. That is an average goals per game value of 1.83.
The previous league fixture featuring these clubs was Eerste Divisie match day 30 on 24/03/2019 which ended up with the score at Sparta Rotterdam 1-0 NEC.
The referee was Christiaan Bax.
Team News: Sparta Rotterdam
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just a single fitness concern for the Sparta Rotterdam manager Henk Fräser to be concerned about from an otherwise fully-primed group. Tom Beugelsdijk (Unknown Injury) misses out.
Team News: NEC
NEC boss Rogier Meijer has multiple availability issues to deal with. Pedro Ruiz (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Rens van Eijden (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Mathias De Wolf (Unknown Injury) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
We believe that NEC certainly have the ability to put a goal past this Sparta Rotterdam side, although it is unlikely to be enough to avoid a loss.
We’re going for a very close game with a 2-1 winning score for Sparta Rotterdam when all is said and done. Let’s see what eventuates.
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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 17