Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Sparta Rotterdam and Go Ahead Eagles face each other in Sunday’s “matinee” at Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel. The Rotterdammers are enjoying a very successful season, and they are on the right track to book their place in the Conference League playoffs. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, but both Bart Vriends and Koki Saito remain in the recovery room. Maurice Steijn is unlikely to make changes to the starting XI that faced Fortuna Sittard at the weekend.
The visitors, on the other hand, did well to beat Nijmegen on Matchday 20, with the team putting an end to their three-game losing run. Go Ahead Eagles are safe for now, and seeing that Sparta are eager to cement their spot in top seven, home win should be considered. The good news for the visiting side is that defender Jamal Amofa is back from suspension.
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.