Sparta Rotterdam vs Vitesse Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
The Dutch Eredivisie returns into action for the first time in 2018 when Sparta Rotterdam takes on Vitesse in a postponed round 15 fixture that is scheduled to take place on Tuesday night, 16 January. Initially the game had to be played a few weeks ago, in first half of December, but has been postponed due to frozen pitch at the “Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel”.
Current situation is not good for hosts from Rotterdam who are on bottom of the Eredivisie standings, having won 11 points only till now. Visitors from Arnhem are underperforming as well, however a victory here can climb them up into top 7, meaning they’ll conceivably hold one of the UEFA Europa League playoff spots.
Eredivisie: Sparta Rotterdam vs Vitesse 16.01.2018
Sparta Rotterdam strives to survive in the Dutch elite and that’s the reason why veteran Dick Advocaat has been appointed on a season-long deal during the winter break. Experienced Dutchman will have to save “The Red-White Gladiators” who will celebrate their 130th anniversary in April and the last thing they want is to relegate.
One of the first actions made by Advocaat were strengthening of Sparta’s attacking line which seems to be a struggle, considering fact they have scored just 13 goals in 17 rounds, making them the worst attacking side in the Eredivisie. Furthermore, they have conceded 37 goals in the term but there are teams with worse or similar defending that are higher in the standings, so they basically need to build on in attack.
Vitesse in the meantime celebrated its 125th anniversary in a perfect fashion, winning both the KNVB Cup as well as the Johan Cruijff Shield (Dutch Super Cup). Thus Vitesse have won direct promotion to the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage but failed to breakthrough, winning five points in a group alongside Zulte-Waregem, Lazio and Nice.
The European commitment surely affected on Vitesse’s domestic results as the squad led by Henk Fraser has already been eliminated by the Cup, losing its first match on penalties to a lower division side, while their Eredivisie performances have been far from pleasing so far. Vitesse occupies the 8th position with 24 points won, being on two points behind ADO Den Haag (7th), so a victory over Sparta in Rotterdam will climb Henk Fraser’s men to a better position before second half of the Eredivisie campaign to begin in the upcoming weekend.
Team News and Missing Players
Dutch winger with Cape Verdean roots Dabney dos Santos and Nigerian forward Fred Friday were both loaned forwards by Advocaat as the two of them came from AZ Alkmaar. We believe Friday is very likely to start against Vitesse but dos Santos may stay on the bench unless Advocaat doesn’t plan to leave someone else there. There is a competition between German forward Nick Proschwitz, who scored all 3 goals of Sparta in last 5 games of 2017, with Fred Friday who can also play on the wing. He can eventually replace the Belgian Loris Brogno on the right wing, while Robert Mühren may push from the left side.
Finnish defender Janne Saksela and Dutch centre-back Bart Vriends both remain injured and will miss out, while all others are available for the home side.
Henk Fraser is the one with more thoughts on his mind as he must follow the status of a few players who are marked as doubtful before the clash. Goalkeeper Michael Tørnes (hand), left-back Alex Büttner (muscle), centre-back Maikel van der Werff (knee) and English midfielder Charlie Colkett (knee) are all recovering from various injuries and will most likely miss the Rotterdam bound. Only Büttner is the one having more than 10 appearances for the club this season and he should be once again replaced by Lassana Faye at the left-back. Otherwise no other changes are expected and Fraser will probably stick within the 4-3-3 formation used in most matches last year, except a few games at the end when he started with 5-3-2 (3-5-2).
Sparta Rotterdam vs Vitesse Prediction and Betting Tips
Vitesse are considered favourites ahead this game but we believe Dick Advocaat’s presence will have certain influence within “The Castle Lords” and they will be ready to make serious resistance by defending their “castle” on Tuesday night.
Expectations are for a relatively “fine” weather for that time of the year, windy but with no snow and temperatures over 0, so both teams will be capable to run hard and show their desire to win the game. Vitesee were winners in four of their last six visits against Sparta in Rotterdam but we expect a trickier challenge this time and our betting prediction suggests: “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Sparta is winless since late-October and have conceded 11 goals in their last 2 Eredivisie fixtures (without scoring), so it’s time for a sharper performance. Vitesse on the other hand have failed to win any of their last five away games and just two times in the last 11. Surprisingly or not, one of them was against Ajax in Amsterdam, but not in situation when they were considered favourites.
Possible Lineups of Sparta Rotterdam and Vitesse
Venue: “Sparta-Stadion Het Kasteel”, Rotterdam.
Referee: Danny Makkelie.
Sparta Rotterdam: Roy Kortsmit – Nicholas Marfelt, Sander Fischer, Julian Chabot, Sherel Floranus – Kenneth Dougall, Ryan Sanusi – Craig Goodwin, Robert Mühren, Fred Friday – Nick Proschwitz. (4-2-3-1)
Vitesse Arnhem: Remko Pasveer – Lassana Faye, Matt Miazga, Guram Kashia, Fankaty Dabo – Navarone Foor, Thulani Serero, Mason Mount – Bryan Linssen, Tim Matavz, Milot Rashica. (4-3-3)