Both teams have had mixed results since the turn of the year, and each of them will be looking for consistency going forward.
Utrecht have finally picked up their first victory of 2021 at the third attempt, as they overcame Heracles Almelo 2-0 last Saturday.
Saturday's hosts did a league double over their visitors last season, so there will be huge belief in the camp of repeating the feat.
The Domstedelingen have lost the fewest number of games of all the teams outside the top five, but a league-high nine draws have ultimately limited them to the 10th position that they currently occupy.
Sparta played out a frantic 5-3 goal fest against PSV Eindhoven last Saturday, in a game where both defences were abysmal to say the least.
De Kasteelheren pulled two goals back in the second half to set up a nerve-wracking finale, but their fate was ultimately sealed in added time by Donyell Malen.
In the last 10 meetings between Saturday's opponents, Sparta have lost eight, so they clearly have it all to do in order to stop the rot.
FC Utrecht Eredivisie form: DWDDLW
Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie form: WLWLWL
Abdou Harroui missed his side's game against PSV last time out, and he is a major doubt for this one.
Maarten Paes is also unavailable for the home side, but he is also close to featuring again for the first time since last December.
FC Utrecht possible starting lineup:
Oelschlagel; Warmerdam, Janssen, St Jago, Ter Avest; Maher, Van Overeem, Van De Streek; Ramselaar, Dalmau, Kerk
Sparta Rotterdam possible starting lineup:
Okoye; Meijers, Heylen, Beugelsdijk, Fortes; Auassar, Burger, Smeets; Duarte, Mijnans, Thy
We say: FC Utrecht 2-1 Sparta Rotterdam
Utrecht have enjoyed the better of this fixture in recent years, and they will be going up against a side who are letting in far too many goals at the moment.