Sparta Rotterdam vs AZ Alkmaar
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Saturday, 21 December 2019
Kick-off at 18:45 UK / 19:45 CET
Venue: Het Kasteel (Rotterdam).
Title challenger will be looking to make it eight wins in a row when they travel to Rotterdam to siege The Castle in Saturday’s Eredivisie clash.
Sparta Rotterdam vs AZ Alkmaar: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (26 games): Sparta Rotterdam 1 win, 5 draws, AZ Alkmaar 20 wins.
- Sparta have 0-3-9 record at home versus Cheeseheads.
- AZ are on a three-game winning streak v De Kasteelheren.
- Both teams have scored in five of last six head-to-head meetings.
- The Castle Lords failed to keep a clean sheet on their last ten encounters.
- AZ hasn’t lost in last ten matches v Sparta Rotterdam.
Sparta Rotterdam vs AZ Alkmaar: Prediction
De Kasteelheren bowed out of KNVB Cup after 3-0 defeat at Tilburg and will now pool all their resources into surviving first season back in Eredivisie.
And at that front, everything is going their way. Henk Fraser led his pupils to 11th place with five wins, five draws and seven defeats so far (24:30 GD) and should they continue in this manner, their stay should be a formality.
Greater chunk of points collected came from Het Kasteel, where Sparta is one of the toughest teams to play against; four wins and two draws from eight matches (16:10 GD) is superb for a newbie side.
AZ Alkmaar’s Arne Slot decided to mix it up a little in second round of the cup but it was enough to see of amateur side RKSV 3-0 despite being reduced to ten men when Jordy Clasie saw red.
Cheeseheads are tied at the top with in-crisis Ajax, as they’ve matched their 13-2-2 record (39:8 GD) but are currently second as Amsterdam team have superior goal difference.
Since September 1st, AZ hasn’t lost an away game. Since then, Slot’s men have racked up five wins and a draw, asserting dominance with 0-3 win at De Kuip and 0-4 rampaging of Eindhoven.
Suently Alberto remains absent from Sparta squad due to Achilles tendons issues while there are some conflicting reports on starting striker’s Lars Veldwijk availability.
Ron Vlaar and Pantelis Hatzidiakos are only injured players in Slot’s team.
Visitors from Alkmaar will have some trouble breaking tough and narrow lines of The Castle Lords’s walls but they should emerge victorious and continue their two-horse race with Ajax. I’d also back Myron Boadu to score anytime. He’s been on fire this year, is AZ’s focal point in attack and was rested in midweek cup game so he’s fresh and raring to get on score sheet again.
Sparta Rotterdam vs AZ Alkmaar: Betting tips
AZ to Win @ 1.53
Myron Boadu to Score Anytime @ 2.10.