Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
There will be fireworks when Excelsior and Sparta face each other in a small Rotterdam derby on Sunday. Excelsior suffered a dip in form, with the team extending their losing run to three games at Groningen, and given their shaky defence, home win should not be considered. It has to be noted that Marinus Dijkhuizen’s troops conceded 11 goals in total in the previous three league fixtures. Vicente Besuijen remains in the recovery room, while Yassine Ayoub faces race against the clock to be fit for Sunday’s showdown.
The visitors, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 3-0 loss to Utrecht, and we predict that they will take advantage of Excelsior’s shaky defence. In the first half of the season Sparta won the local derby thanks to Joshua Kitolano’s late goal. Midfielder Adil Auassar is banned for the match, but there are no fresh injury worries in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Aaron Meijers):
After spending his youth career at AVV Andijk and FC Volendam, Aaron Meijers continued playing for the Palingboeren at senior level. After scoring four goals in 124 league appearances for Volendam, the pacey left back joined fellow Dutch outfit RKC Waalwijk in 2010.
Aaaron Meijers quickly established himself as a first-team regular at RKC, but after playing 62 games in the league for the Yellow and Blues, he moved to ADO Den Haag in 2012. The Dutch footballer made his ADO Den Haag debut on August 12, 2012 in a 2-2 draw with Vitesse, and he has been playing for De Ooievaars ever since.
Aaaron Meijers was born in Delft, Netherlands on October 28, 1987. His main position is left-back, but he is capable of producing fine displays as central midfielder and left winger as well. His preferred foot is left, and he has a contract with ADO Den Haag until June 30, 2022.
Highlighted Team (Sparta Rotterdam):
Founded back on April 1, 1888, Sparta Rotterdam is considered one of the oldest clubs in the Netherlands. De Kasteelheren (the Castle Lords) welcome their opponents at Het Kasteel, and they have a great rivalry with Feyenoord. Yet another Rotterdam club Excelsior are considered Sparta’s fierce rivals as well.
Sparta Rotterdam wear white shirts with red strips when playing on home soil, while sky blue is the dominant colour of their away kit. De Kasteelheren have won six Eredivisie trophies. Sparta were the dominant force in the Dutch football in the 1910s, with the team winning their last league title in the 1958/59 season.
De Kasteelheren have won three Dutch Cup trophies as well (1957/58, 1961/62, 1965/66). In the 1985/86 season Sparta last participated in the UEFA Cup, with the team beating Hamburger SC in round 1, while suffering elimination to Borussia Monchengladbach in the second round. Sparta’s stadium Het Kasteel can hold up to 11,926 spectators.