Sparta Rotterdam vs Willem II by Meese
As a newly promoted team, Sparta is having just fine start in the new season, as the team currently stands at eight position with eleven points earned out of eight rounds, which is just two points less than playoff placed AZ Alkmaar. With three victories, two draws and three defeats so far, the team has nothing to complain about and in case they continue in a similar manner, they will be able to surpass their targets set for the new season easily.
Team plays especially well at home and always looking to score a goal more, with exception of their opening game against much more stronger Ajax which they lost with a 1:3 result. In the most recent they played, the team took a point in a 1:1 draw at home against rock solid AZ Alkmaar, must be said, being a bit better than their opponents. Guests were the ones who took the lead in sixth minute via Til, while the home team replied back before the halftime whistle via Breurer, continuing being bit better in the second halftime as well, however without that concrete extra push that would make the visiting team defending completely.
Home team will miss right full back Dumfries who got red carded towards the end of the match and is suspended now. Daniel Breedijk, Ryan Sanusi, Mathias Pogba and Roland Bergkamp are all ruled out through injury.
Willem II can't be satisfied with their start in the season, since the team has only one victory so far and is already inside the relegation zone. Not only that, they don't look convincing on the field either and it seems they will have big problems staying above the relegation zone in case the team doesn't start playing better and re-inforce their squad during the Winter transfer period.
They are at sixteenth position with 1-3-4 record and only six points earned, but the biggest worry for them seems to be the fact that the team scores goals very rarely - only five goals scored in eight matches is below any standard for Erdeivisie clubs. In the previous game they played, the team couldn't do much but to get defeated at home against Feyenoord 0:2 without the visiting team putting complete effort, at least that's how it looked like. Players of Willem II didn't look that poor, but the visitors were simply bit better in every aspect of the game and didn't have problems reaching the victory with a goal in each halftime. Guss Joppen will be missing from this one, but Anouar Kali returns from suspension.
- Willem II have failed to win their last 5 matches (Eredivisie).
Sparta Rotterdam showed so much more so far in the season and having in mind the way they play in front of their fans, I don't see Willem II walking away with something. Guests are pretty limited in attack and everything except a home victory, easy or hard way, will be a surprise for me here.