Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Go Ahead Eagles will look to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over Heracles when they take on Sparta Rotterdam on Matchday 9. The hosts quickly bounced back from defeats to PSV and Feyenoord, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence and it is no wonder the odds for home win have been dropping. Xander Blomme misses out with injury, while both Joris Kramer and Finn Stokkers are major doubts and the duo will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Sparta, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to PSV before the international break, which is yet another reason why we are going to bet on the hosts this time out. Even though there are no fresh injury concerns in the away team ahead of the trip to Deventer, home win should be considered.
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.