Sparta Rotterdam sit joint bottom of the Eredivisie after picking up just eleven points from their opening seventeen matches. The struggling side do have a game in hand on the majority of the division, and they are going to have to make it count on Tuesday when Vitesse provide the opposition. The visitors sit in eighth place in the Eredivisie, but have begun to slip down the table following a very bright start to the campaign. A victory on Tuesday would see Vitesse move back into the top seven at the expense of ADO Den Haag, who currently hold a two point advantage over tomorrows guests.
Last season Sparta and Vitesse met three times, twice in the league and once in the KNVB Beker. On all three occasions Vitesse finished victorious, beginning with a 1-0 win at Sparta in the Eredivisie. Former Norwich City striker van Wolfswinkel scored what turned out to be the winning goal with seven minutes left on the clock, and insult was added to injury when in stoppage time the hosts had Spierings sent-off. The next time the pair met was in the cup, where once again Sparta were handed the home advantage and Vitesse won by the odd goal. A goal in each half from Englishman Baker set the visitors on their way to victory, and despite Kashia scoring an own goal to make the scoreline 2-1, Vitesse held on to confirm their progression into the next round of the KNVB Beker. When is was finally Vitesse’s turn to host Sparta in the league, the home side ran out convincing 5-0 winners having scored the first four goals inside the opening forty-five minutes. Five different players got on the scoreboard in one of Vitesse’s best performances of the season, and that man van Wolfswinkel broke the deadlock in the twenty-second minute and scorer of the own goal in the cup, Kashia, wrapped up the scoring just after the hour mark.
Heading into their first meeting of the new season its Vitesse who earn the title of form favourites after they picked up two wins, two draws, and two defeats from their last six matches. Sparta have gone without a single victory during that six game period, losing five times and drawing just once. Five of those Sparta games have produced over 2.5 goals, while three of the duo’s last six matches against each other have also witnessed at least 2.5 goals scored, which suggests we should be in for at least three goals on Tuesday.
Matavž provides the biggest goal threat in this match, with the Vitesse striker on nine Eredivisie goals this season, making him well worth a bet on as first goalscorer. Sparta have been lacking firepower upfront and that, along with their leaky defence, explains why they have struggled so far this season. Mühren and Proschwitz top score for the home side with three goals each in the league, but Sparta are going to have to do much better in the goal scoring department if they are to avoid relegation this season.
We’re confident that this game is going to produce over 2.5 goals as Sparta have seen five of their last six league games end with at least that amount of goals produced, and Vitesse have a very good record against the Rotterdam side. In terms of a final score, we’re backing a comfortable 3-1 win for the visitors as they recorded three wins against this team last season.