Utrecht vs Sparta Rotterdam
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK
Venue: Stadion Galgenwaard (Utrecht).
Jannik Huth made a perfect debut between the posts for Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday afternoon when the former Mainz 05’s reserve keeper kept his net untouched in team’s win over Willem II (1-0). It was only the third victory of the season for the rock-bottomed side and the first one under the new manager Dick Advocaat who will still has a mountain to climb in order to save De Kasteelheren in the elite.
The German goalkeeper will have a much tougher task to keep a clean in his second appearance for Sparta given that the last-placed team is about to travel to Stadion Galgenwaard to tackle the top-half Utrecht on Wednesday evening. The hosts were amid a super tough schedule of late, but they’ve managed to avoid a defeat in matches against the likes of AZ, Feyenoord and Ajax.
The weekend has seen Jean Paul de Jong’s side share spoils with Excelsior in the fourth consecutive draw in Eredivisie. Sparta’s visit should give Utrecht an opportunity to return on the winning ways and preserve the sixth position in the league standings.
The good news for the hosts is that their key man Zakaria Labyad has finally managed to increase his seven-goal tally on Sunday when he scored one of team’s two goals in the mentioned draw away at Excelsior.
Utrecht vs Sparta Rotterdam: Head-to-head
Stadion Galgenwaard has been a fortress for Sparta over the course of history since the visitors have only managed to leave it victorious once in 16 matches.
Additionally, Utrecht have won three on the bounce against the side from Rotterdam netting seven goals in the process.
Sparta did not score a single goal in last two visits to Utrecht.
Utrecht vs Sparta Rotterdam: Prediction
Utrecht have only conceded two goals in last three home matches, and the opposition included AZ, Feyenoord and Ajax.
Since Sparta have the league’s weakest attacking record (17 goals scored un 21 matches) and since they’ve lost four on the trot on travels in Eredivisie, it’s clear that we’ll go for the home win & the hosts to keep a clean sheet as our main betting options here.
Utrecht vs Sparta Rotterdam: Bet Tips
Utrecht to win @ 1.40
Utrecht to keep a clean sheet @ 2.20