Sparta Rotterdam vs Groningen
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Sunday, 16 February 2020
Kick-Off at 13:30 UK/ 14:30 CET
Venue: Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel (Rotterdam)
Since October 2019, Sparta has not lost a game in front of their home fans. In the 7 competitive games since then, they have 4 wins and 3 draws. This run also had an emphatic victory against second-placed Alkmaar which ended 3-0 to the hosts.
But the defense has been a problem that manager Henk Fraser has to look into. His team has given away 37 goals which are 4 more than what they scored all season.
Groningen is on a roll in terms of form in the last 5 league games. At both home and away they have 3 wins and have lost only once in this period. This new found energy gave them a boost as they are 8th in the table just below the Europa playoff spot.
With just 24 goals scored all season they are 5th from the bottom in terms of scoring. But with the third-best defense in the top 10 sides, they have things under control.
Sparta Rotterdam vs Groningen: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Groningen is on a 2 match winning run against Sparta across all venues.
- Both teams netted in 5 of their last 6 meetings.
- Sparta won this fixture the last time they met here back in 2017.
- Both of these teams scored in all 5 previous h2h played here.
Sparta Rotterdam vs Groningen: Prediction
The hosts have conceded the opener in four straight league matches. This includes the last game against the bottom side Den Haag, which they conceded the opener. They came back to take a lead of 3-1 in half time and then went on to win the match 4-2.
So there is a chance that they will be conceding first on Sunday too. Thus we can place a bet on Groningen scoring first with 1.83 odds.
The home team has been prolific since October 2019. With a victory against a team like Alkmaar, I hope they can see off this opposition as well. Groningen has not won in their last 4 matches on the road as well. So we can place our bets on a home victory with 1.80 odds.
Sparta Rotterdam vs Groningen: Betting Tips
Groningen to score first @ 1.83(5/6).
Home team to win @ 1.80(4/5).