Sparta Rotterdam vs Heerenveen by Meese
Sparta Rotterdam broke their streak of five matches without a victory thanks to a 2:1 win over Groningen last Sunday afternoon.
Everything interesting happened in the first halftime as the hosts took the lead via Muhren in 22nd, but the guests equalized in 36th via Reis, just to see themselves conceding again, this time via penalty kick taken by Brogno in 43rd minute. Hosts stood a bit more passive till the end, as they surely were satisfied with the outcome and have defended well till the last minute. This was their second game without a defeat, previously taking a point away to Excelsior, as they now stand together with four more teams from thirteenth to play-out position and surely await something from this match in order to detach themselves from the bottom of the table and a relegation zone.
Defender Janne Saksela and offensive midfielders Paco van Moorsel are both long term absentees without performing so far in the season. They should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Ache as central striker, plus Goodwin, Muhren and Verhaar as offensive midfielders.
Heerenveen, on the other side, is in a really poor momentum now, as the side comes from fifth consecutive defeat in official matches and fourth consecutive in Eredivisie. They've also scored only three goals in last five, which is very little for the standards of Eredivisie.
In the previous game played, they suffered 1:2 defeat in front of own fans against AZ Alkmaar, in a game where they have started better and took the lead in 21st minute with a goal from Vlap, but simply failed to control out the things when it was needed the most.
They were better in the first halftime and deserved that lead, however as the time progressed players of AZ were better and better, more threatning and in the end, deserved the victory completely which they got thanks to two goals from Til in last twenty minutes of the match. Heereveen now dropped out of the play-off positions, being currently at ninth position, but still with every possiblility to get back to the European positions, but only in case they improve as soon as possible.
Guests are set to play in 4-3-3 formation with Odegaard, Ghoochannejhad and Rojas as forwards. Goalkeeper Warner Hahn (1/0) is doubtful with a shoulder injury, while sidelined with foot injury remains offensive midfielder Arber Zeneli (6/2).
- Sparta Rotterdam have seen over 2.5 goals in 9 of their last 10 matches against SC Heerenveen.
- SC Heerenveen have lost their last 4 matches (Eredivisie).
There's no doubt that Heerenveen has a bit more quality roster at least, but the side isn't showing anything close to their potential at the moment. With team from Rotterdam coming from a victory last time out and with a boosted morale into this one, I can't see them being as such underdogs against out of form Heerenveen - at least not as big as the odds suggest.