Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Sparta Rotterdam play host to Heerenveen at their Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel in the Eredivisie round 28. The Rotterdammers were having their ups and downs before the international break, with the team losing to PSV, beating Go Ahead Eagles, while sharing the spoils with NEC Nijmegen. Sparta aim to escape the relegation zone, and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field. Since defender Tom Beugelsdijk is back in training, Henk Fraiser should have a full squad to choose from.
Heerenveen, on the other hand, did well to beat Heracles 2-0 in their last league match, with the team putting an end to their dreadful winless run. De Superfriezen are stuck in the middle of the standings, and seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, home win should be considered. Both Siem de Jong and Pawel Bochniewicz are sidelined with injuries for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Bryan Smeets):
Bryan Smeets is a product of MVV Maastricht football academy who plays for Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie. Smeets scored 23 goals in 144 league appearances for MVV before joining De Graafschap in 2015.
After his spell with the Superboeren, the midfielder moved to Cambuur in the 2017/18 season. The following season he joined Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv where he scored 12 goals in 37 appearances in the elite division. Bryan Smeets then decided to return to Netherlands as he joined Sparta Rotterdam in the 2019/20 season. He scored his first goal with De Kasteelheren in a 4-0 win over RKS Waalwijk on September 21, 2019.
His main position is attacking midfielder, but he is used as both central midfielder and right winger as well. Bryan Smeets has a contract with Sparta Rotterdam which should expire on June 30, 2021. He is a two-footed player.
Highlighted Team (Heerenveen):
Heerenveen is a Dutch football club that is well known for their white shirts with blue stripes. De Superfriezen (The Super Frisians) play home matches at Abe Lenstra Stadium, which has the capacity of 26,400 people.
Heerenveen have yet to win the Eredivisie title, but they impressed in the 1999/00 season, with the team finishing the process in second position in the standings. Thanks to a top-two finish, the club booked their place in the Champions League. Heerenveen, though, recorded only one in the group stages of the elite competition as they defeated Olympiakos 1-0 at home ground. De Superfizien retain a fierce rivals with Cambuur, and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two teams.
It has to be noted that Heerenveen won the Dutch Cup in the 2008/09 season, with the team beating Twente on penalties in the title game. New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech played for Heerenveen at the start of his senior career.