Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Sparta Rotterdam and Utrecht face each other at Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel in the opening match of round 23. The Rotterdammers failed to spoil Ajax’s party at Johan Cruijff Arena, but they are surely capable of matching Utrecht on home soil. You should bear in mind that Sparta are undefeated in the previous nine home fixtures, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Friday’s showdown. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
Michael Silberbauer’s troops, on the other hand, did well to hold PSV to a 2-2 draw, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to secure a top-seven finish. Sparta and Utrecht seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we predict that they are going to share the spoils in Rotterdam this weekend. The good news for the visiting side is that Jens Toornstra 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 (Utrecht):
Established on July 1, 1970, Utrecht is a Dutch club that competes in the Eredivisie. The club was founded as a merger of VV DOS, USV Elinkwijk, and Velox, and it has to be noted that VV DOS did well to win the Eredivisie trophy back in 1958.
Utrecht, on the other hand, have yet to win the national championship, but they have lifted three KNVB Cup trophies (1984/85, 2002/03, 2003/04). Leo van Veen is leading the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 153 goals. Speaking of the club’s colours, they were white and red shirts when playing at home, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
Due to the hooligan clashes, Utrecht have a rivalry with Dutch giants Ajax. The games between the two clubs have always been very tense on the field. Utrecht welcome their rivals at Stadion Galgenwaard, the venue which can hold up to 23,750 people. The stadium was opened back in May 1936.