Groningen vs Sparta Rotterdam
Date: Sunday, 24 December 2017
Kick-Off: 11:30 UK
Venue: Noordlease Stadion (Groningen).
Sparta Rotterdam fell to the rock-bottom of the Eredivisie standings after a series of four consecutive losses. Alex Pastoor’s job is rumoured to be on the line after such a dismal streak and a failure against Groningen could well result in his departure from the bench.
Groningen disappointed their fans badly after fighting their way to a 3-3 draw against the runaway leaders PSV last week. Green-Whites fell to the relegation-threatened Excelsior side losing 2-0 at the weekend, but they should find opportunities to get some points on board this Sunday against the out-of-form Sparta Rotterdam side.
Sparta will head into this on the back of a disastrous 0-7 defeat at home against city rivals Feyenoord last Sunday and Pastoor will indeed have a quite challenging task in raising his lads’ confidence ahead of an important fixture set to close the year for them. Sparta are yet to celebrate a victory of the road where they’ve lost three and drawn two of last five matches.
The clash will be a special occasion for Groningen’s top scorer Mimoun Mahi who arrived to Pride of the North just from Sparta where he spent three years upon introducing himself to the Eredivisie football. Sparta’s horrendous form at the back should be the music to his ears and we can expect him to add to his six-goal tally on Sunday.
Groningen vs Sparta Rotterdam: Predictions
Groningen have been pretty efficient in the most recent outings in front of the home crowd where they have bagged at least three goals in three of their last four matches.
Given Sparta have lost four on the trot, including a 0-7 disaster against Feyenoord last weekend, the home win is the only logical betting option here.
Groningen vs Sparta Rotterdam: Bet Tips
• Groningen to win 2.00
• Mimoun Mahito score anytime 1.95
Groningen vs Sparta Rotterdam: Head-to-head
The head to head stats is all leveled at ten wins, draws and losses for each of the teams in previous 30 meetings.
Sparta clinched a narrow 2-1 win when the two sides first met in this term of Eredivisie back in late-August this year.
Seven of last eight H2H ties saw both teams on target.