NEC Nijmegen vs Sparta Rotterdam
Date: Saturday, 25th February 2017
Kick-Off at 18:45 UK / 19:45 CET
Venue: Goffertstadion, Nijmegen.
NEC Nijmegen are going through a tough phase after falling to their fourth consecutive defeat last Saturday. There is plenty to worry for Peter Hyballa as his team is agonizingly close to the relegation zone. It is a 6-point that keep them at safety, which could soon change if the poor run continues.
Despite the massive blows in recent weeks, Nijmegen will be confident coming back to their home turf. They lost their last match here to Go Ahead Eagles, but this is the first home defeat since October.
The primary target for Sparta Rotterdam is maintain their status as an Dutch Eredivisie team beyond this season. The team just earned their promotion from the second division have struggled to cope with the intensity of the top flight. They are just a spot above safety, but have same points as Go Ahead Eagles behind them.
To make things worse for the head-coach Alex Pastoor, Sparta haven’t won a league game since October 2016. That is a win-less run of 11 matches which includes 3 draws and 8 losses. They show some signs of brilliance in the 2-2 draw against Groningen last weekend. But it remained to be seen if they can carry on the momentum.
NEC Nijmegen vs Sparta Rotterdam: Head-to-head stats
Sparta defeated NEC 2-0 in the when the teams met for the league clash at Rotterdam on September 2016. While NEC were unbeaten in the previous 3 with 2 wins and a draw.
At the Goffertstadion, NEC won in their last two meetings against Sparta without conceding. Sparta on the other hand, were only able to register one win in their last 7 visits to this stadium, they lost 5 and drew in 1.
NEC Nijmegen vs Sparta Rotterdam: Predictions
Both sides are coming on the back of poor runs, but NEC Nijmegen have a better chance of getting a win due to their good home record and h2h against Sparta. Once again, this is expected to an open encounter, therefore one must look into the goal markets which offer some excellent proportions.
A total of 134 goals were scored in 46 matches these two teams were involved this season. That is 2.9 goals per match and therefore over 2.5 goals is a perfect pick for this game. Alternatively, I will be going with NEC to edge this tie on a slim margin.
NEC Nijmegen vs Sparta Rotterdam: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 1.85 (6/7)
NEC to win at 2.55 (17/11).