The Rotterdamse Derby is much more interesting and exciting than anyone anticipates. It a huge spectacle featuring two local rivals who are not at the same level. Feyenoord is a team with a rich international history, the former European champions, while on the other hand, we have a team with a far more modest background, but still a notable name in Dutch football. Over the past several decades, Sparta was between the top and the second tier of Dutch football, without some sounding results.
The Club of the People, as the fans call their favorites, started the Eredivisie with four games in which they haven’t lost. They would win three times and post a draw, presenting pretty solid performances in each contest.
In each win, Feyenoord netted twice, beating Zwolle 0-2. and Willem II, 2-4 on the road, and in the meantime adding a 4-1 with at home against Den Haag. The only match in which they haven’t reached the desired outcome was a 1-1 draw at home to Twente.
As you could see, each event, apart from the opening one saw both sides to score, while the last two went over 4.5 goals along with that.
Opposite to the city rivals, Sparta had a terrible start of the campaign. In four matches, the Castle Lords haven’t won at least one, posting three straight defeats before getting out with a 4-4 draw against AZ Alkmaar.
Believe it or not, AZ was up 0-4 in the first half and had a penalty missed, and after that, the guests from Alkmaar collapsed in the second 45 minutes, allowing four goals. Quite a comeback, wouldn’t you say?
Previously, Sparta couldn’t score a single goal in three games, losing at home to Ajax, 0-1, and then twice on the road, against Vitesse, 2-0, and Zwolle, 4-0.
Experienced Botteghin is out due to a muscle injury, while Sven Van Beek has issues with his ankle. These two guys are the only ones who are not available for Dick Advocaat.
Reda Kharchouch and Tim Coremans both injured their respective kees, and they won’t be playing, while German international Engles sits doubtful due to a muscle injury.
Head to Head Matches
As said previously, Feyenoord is much better when looking at the stats in this area. So far, the former European champs won 65 times, 24 events ended without a winner, and Sparta celebrated on 18 occasions.
The two played a friendly match in August this year, with Feyenoord beating the rivals, 3-0. The last competitive fixture was in August 2019, and it ended 2-2 at De Kuip.
There is a massive gap between these two rivals, and we can say for sure that the bookies didn’t make a mistake when favoring the hosts this much. Our first suggestion would be to bet on Feyenoord’s win with two or more goals difference. Odds on that are +100.
The second includes goals because both sides have been involved in high-efficient affairs. We will focus on the first half, where two or more goals sit at +110. Dutch teams know no preferences when it comes to scoring time, unlike teams from other league where majority of goals take place in the second half.
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