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Jan 13, 2021 at 7pm UK at Fortuna Sittard Stadion
SittardFortuna Sittard
0-1
SpartaSparta Rotterdam

Flemming (25'), Seuntjens (83'), Janssen (90+3')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Thy (57')

Preview: Fortuna Sittard vs. Sparta Rotterdam - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Eredivisie clash between Fortuna Sittard and Sparta Rotterdam, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Fortuna Sittard play host to Sparta Rotterdam on Wednesday evening as the form team in the Eredivisie over the last five matches.

However, Sparta have recorded nine points over the same period, leading to expectations that the mid-table clash at the Fortuna Sittard Stadion could be the most entertaining clash of the latest batch of fixtures.


Match preview

Henk Fraser, now in charge of Sparta Rotterdam, pictured in 2017© Reuters

There was a time earlier this season when everyone associated with Sittard would have had fears of a season spent in the relegation zone.

However, with all but three of their 16 points for the campaign coming from the last five matches, Sjors Ultee's side now have ambitions of establishing themselves in mid-table.

Each of Sittard's four recent victories have come against clubs outside of the top seven, but they have proven that they should be nowhere near the bottom three.

While Sebastian Polter saw his four-match scoring streak come to an end at the weekend, Ultee will be happy to see his side win a match without the German making a decisive contribution.

Although Sittard are arguably the marginal favourites ahead of this contest, Sparta are another team who are very much on the up in the Dutch top flight.

Fifteen points have been collected from their last eight outings, a remarkable improvement when considering that they failed to win any of their first seven games.

Losing out at home to Feyenoord on Sunday came as a blow to Henk Fraser and his squad, particularly at the start of a tough schedule which also includes a meeting with PSV Eindhoven at the weekend.

Nevertheless, that disappointment will be put into perspective, and Sparta will still head into this contest expecting to maintain their two-point advantage over their upcoming opponents.

Fortuna Sittard Eredivisie form: LWWDWW

Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie form: LWWLWL


Team News

Despite the short turnaround, Ultee could opt to play the same players which started the win at Heerenveen.

Former Brighton & Hove Albion defender George Cox has been a revelation at left-back, contributing a goal and three assists during his last five outings.

Reda Kharchouch is pushing for his first start of the season for Sparta after being introduced as a second-half replacement for Deroy Duarte at the weekend.

Sven Minjans, Bryan Smeets and Jeffry Fortes are also in contention for a recall to the first XI.

Fortuna Sittard possible starting lineup:
Osch; Rota, Angha, Janssen, Cox; Rienstra, Flemming, Tekie; Semedo, Polter, Hansson

Sparta Rotterdam possible starting lineup:
Okoye; Abels, Beugelsdijk, Heylen, Pinto; Smeets, Harroui; Minjans, Engels, Kharchouch; Thy


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We say: Fortuna Sittard 1-1 Sparta Rotterdam

While Sittard have had few issues with scoring goals of late, they are facing opponents who will be motivated to hit back after being defeated by Feyenoord. Although the home side should make most of the running, we are backing the visitors to claim a deserved share of the spoils.


Top betting tip

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How you voted: Sittard vs Sparta

Fortuna Sittard
44.3%
Draw
27.9%
Sparta Rotterdam
27.9%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax17132258134541
2Vitesse17122331131838
3PSV EindhovenPSV17114241192237
4Feyenoord17105232131935
5AZ AlkmaarAZ1797141251634
6Groningen179442521431
7FC Twente178453324928
8Heerenveen175752526-122
9Sparta RotterdamSparta176382830-221
10FC UtrechtUtrecht174942224-221
11Fortuna SittardSittard175482534-919
12Heracles175391928-918
13PEC Zwolle173861726-917
14VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo174492745-1816
15RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk173591529-1414
16Willem II1724112036-1610
17ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag1724111641-2510
18EmmenEmmen1705121745-285

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