Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
PSV will look to retain second place in the standings when they take on Sparta Rotterdam at Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel in the Eredivisie round 31. PSV are eyeing their fifth consecutive league win and they must be high on confidence following the Dutch Cup triumph over Ajax. Thorgan Hazard is widely expected to return to the starting XI after scoring as a substitute in the KNVB Beker final, while important midfielder Ibrahim Sangare is banned for the match.
The Rotterdammers, on the other hand, are enjoying a season to remember, with the team sitting in 5th place ahead of Saturday’s clash. Considering that Sparta have been scoring goals for fun of late, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Norway forward Tobias Lauritesen, who scored a brace in the last league match. Shurandy Sambo is banned for the match, while fellow defender Bart Vriends is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Luuk de Jong):
The 26-year-old Dutch striker Luuk de Jong is considered one of Europe’s deadliest strikers with his incredible return of goals in games he spends playing. Luuk de Jong began his football career at De Graafschap in 2008, but moved on to Twente only a year later.
The tally of 39 goals in 76 league appearances earned him a transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach, but his spell in Germany ended in disappointment. Bundesliga club attempted to revive his career by sending him out on loan to Newcastle United but his stint with the English club yielded even more disappointment and concluded in utter disaster with De Jong playing 12 games without scoring a single goal for the Magpies.
A return to Netherlands and PSV Eindhoven turned out to be a proper hit for the 26-year-old striker who has restored his scoring touch with more than 50 goals for the Boeren after less than 90 games.
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.