Sparta Rotterdam vs Excelsior
Date: Friday, 7th April 2017,
Kick off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel (Rotterdam).
Excelsior are one of the teams in the bottom three of the Eredivisie table. They are at 16th in the table with 25 points needing another 3 points to get out of the relegation zone. Just outside the drop zone is Sparta Rotherham, 5 positions above Excelsior. But their 28 points means they are the one of the teams Excelsior can overtake by winning this fixture on Friday.
Sparta are on the back of consecutive defeats without scoring. They had a good patch when they took 3 wins from 4 matches prior to that. They had won 7 matches from 29 this season, with 5 of them coming at home.
Excelsior lost at home to Utrecht in the last round fixture, which ended their four-match unbeaten run. Three of those are draws which came against superior teams like Ajax and AZ Alkmaar. Anyhow, Excelsior are the worst away side in the league and managed just 8 points from their 14 matches so far.
Sparta Rotterdam vs Excelsior: Head-to-head
Excelsior are on an eight-match unbeaten run against Sparta Rotherham in all competitions with 5 wins and 3 draws.
The reverse leg of the current campaign ended in a thrilling 3-2 win for Excelsior.
The last three meetings between the two teams at Sparta’s home ended in the same 1-1 score-line.
Sparta Rotterdam vs Excelsior: Prediction
Effectively, this is a six-pointer for both teams as Sparta is separated from Excelsior in the relegation zone by a 3-point gap. Therefore, it is certain that both teams will be setting out to take nothing less than a win.
Excelsior are unbeaten in their last four visits to Rotherham, therefore a double chance for draw or away win is a good pick for this fixture.
Both teams have scored is an alternate bet as 7 of the last 8 matches between these two teams at the Sparta Stadion saw the same.
Sparta Rotterdam vs Excelsior: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Draw or Excelsior at 2.05 with Bet365
Both Teams to Score at 1.67 with Bet365.