Open game expected at Erve Asito: Heracles Almelo vs Sparta Rotterdam preview

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Competition: Netherlands Eredivisie
Competition: Sun 15.May
Match begins: 12:30 (UTC)
Venue: Erve Asito (13500 seats)

These two teams have struggled so far, but three lovely points in this crucial fixture would certainly help. Get ready for Heracles Almelo - Sparta Rotterdam!

Insights:
  • Heracles Almelo have won significantly more corners at home than away.
  • Sparta Rotterdam have the fewest scored goals in the second half (11) in Eredivisie

Heracles are fighting like crazy to avoid relegation and desperately need points in this fixture. Sparta Rotterdam are struggling to avoid relegation.

It's no vacation for neither Heracles Almelo nor Sparta Rotterdam as both were in action only a few days ago. Expect some tired legs on the pitch and/or possibly some changes to the lineups.

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Heracles Almelo form and stats

7 victories, 5 draws and 4 defeats. That’s what Heracles Almelo have to build on here at Erve Asito in the Eredivisie. When Heracles Almelo hosts teams that live in the bottom of the table (like RKC Waalwijk, Fortuna Sittard, PEC Zwolle, Heracles Almelo and Willem II), they have won 4 of 4 matches!

Fadiga was the last player to score a league goal for Heracles Almelo and it's becoming a more and more distant memory as Heracles Almelo haven't scored in 234 minutes.

Heracles lost their last game at RKC Waalwijk (placed 13th) after a 0-2 scoreline. Midfielder Schoofs was the best player on the team with a rating of 7.15 (out of ten) in that game. Schoofs dribled past the opponent 1 of 2 times and had 35 successful passes (of 40 total).

Prior to that was the away defeat visiting Willem II (0-2).

The bookmakers consider this a fairly even contest. One could say only the home advantage separates the teams. It could be relevant to look at how Heracles Almelo have performed in matches similar to this (as small favourites). Our database has found six matches with the results: Won three, drawn one and lost two.

Heracles Almelo has scored 21 league goals at home this season, in 16 matches. It's been trouble in front of goal recently, as only 2 of these goals has been scored in their last three home matches. On the other hand, Heracles have conceded 18 goals.

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Sparta Rotterdam form and stats

Sparta Rotterdam have only collected 13 points from their away games in the Eredivisie, after 3-4-9 (16 played).

Impressive finishing from Auassar and van Crooij secured the home win 2-0 against PEC Zwolle in their previous game. van Crooij got a match rating of 8.41 in that game, top player of the team. Crooij scored one goal, served one assist and hit two key passes.

Before that one, a nice away victory 2-1 at FC Groningen.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Sparta Rotterdam playing away and similar expectations, we found eleven relevant matches. Results were four Sparta Rotterdam wins, one draw and six defeats.

The visitors have scored 11 goals from 16 away games in the league, an average of less than one per game. Sparta Rotterdam struggle to build an impenetrable defensive wall in away matches with a total of 26 goals conceded from these games. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 3 of these goals has been conceded in their last three away matches.

Head 2 Head

The dueling parties have played earlier this season: Sparta Rotterdam - Heracles 1-1. Stats for the former ten meetings featuring these two squads are: two wins for Heracles Almelo, five draws and three wins for Sparta Rotterdam. Over 2,5 goals: six times; under 2,5 goals: four games.

Top Goalscorers

Heracles AlmeloS. Bakış
S. Bakış
5 goals
Sparta RotterdamV. van Crooij
V. van Crooij
5 goals
Heracles AlmeloN. Laursen
N. Laursen
4 goals

Heracles Almelo missing players

Sparta Rotterdam missing players

Heracles Almelo Sparta Rotterdam
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
33 16 4 Played P 4 16 33
9 7 4 Won W 1 3 7
7 5 0 Drew D 1 4 11
17 4 0 Lost L 2 9 15
32 21 9 Scored S 4 11 27
46 18 3 Conceded C 5 26 47
91% 88% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 88% 94%
67% 62% 75% Over 1.5 O 1.5 75% 75% 73%
36% 31% 50% Over 2.5 O 2.5 50% 50% 39%
21% 31% 50% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 19% 18%
15% 25% 25% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 0%
45% 50% 50% BTTS BTTS 25% 38% 45%
24% 31% 50% Clean Sheets C S 25% 25% 21%
39% 31% 0% Failed to Score F T 50% 50% 39%
 
4.6 5.6 6.2 Corners for (avg) C F 5.2 2.8 3.4
4.7 4.1 3.5 Corners against (avg) C A 6.5 6.9 6.3
1.7 2 0.2 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2.2 2 1.8
3 2 0 Red cards R C 0 1 3
 
12.3 15.3 20 Shots (avg) S ( 8.2 7.8 9.6
4.1 5.4 7.5 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3.2 2.4 3.1
24% 24% 30% Goal Efficiency G E 31% 29% 27%
 
13.5 12.1 11 Shots against (avg) S A 12.2 15.7 13.5
4.9 3.9 2.8 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 3.2 5.6 5
Key stats in Eredivisie this season:
  • Heracles Almelo have won significantly more corners at home than away.
  • Sparta Rotterdam have conceded at least twice as many corners as they have won away.
  • Sparta Rotterdam have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored away.
  • Sparta Rotterdam have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Sparta Rotterdam have the fewest scored goals in the second half (11) in Eredivisie
  • Sparta Rotterdam have won significantly less corners away then at home.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Ajax 33 26 4 3 96 17 17 14 1 2 62 8 16 12 3 1 34 9 79 82
2 PSV 33 25 3 5 84 41 17 14 0 3 49 22 16 11 3 2 35 19 43 78
3 Feyenoord 33 22 5 6 75 32 16 11 3 2 38 15 17 11 2 4 37 17 43 71
4 FC Twente 33 19 8 6 53 36 17 10 5 2 28 13 16 9 3 4 25 23 17 65
5 AZ 33 18 7 8 63 41 16 11 3 2 35 17 17 7 4 6 28 24 22 61
6 Vitesse 33 15 5 13 40 49 16 6 2 8 18 27 17 9 3 5 22 22 -9 50
7 FC Utrecht 33 12 11 10 51 43 17 8 6 3 32 20 16 4 5 7 19 23 8 47
8 NEC 33 10 8 15 38 51 16 3 5 8 13 21 17 7 3 7 25 30 -13 38
9 SC Heerenveen 33 10 8 15 34 49 16 5 3 8 20 25 17 5 5 7 14 24 -15 38
10 Go Ahead Eagles 33 10 6 17 36 48 17 7 1 9 25 24 16 3 5 8 11 24 -12 36
11 FC Groningen 33 9 9 15 39 52 16 4 6 6 16 18 17 5 3 9 23 34 -13 36
12 SC Cambuur 33 10 6 17 50 68 17 5 3 9 29 35 16 5 3 8 21 33 -18 36
13 RKC Waalwijk 33 8 11 14 37 50 17 6 3 8 17 25 16 2 8 6 20 25 -13 35
14 Heracles Almelo 33 9 7 17 32 46 16 7 5 4 21 18 17 2 2 13 11 28 -14 34
15 Sparta Rotterdam 33 7 11 15 27 47 17 4 7 6 16 21 16 3 4 9 11 26 -20 32
16 Fortuna Sittard 33 9 5 19 35 67 17 6 2 9 20 31 16 3 3 10 15 36 -32 32
17 Willem II 33 8 6 19 29 57 16 6 3 7 15 20 17 2 3 12 14 37 -28 30
18 PEC Zwolle 33 7 6 20 25 50 16 3 5 8 12 18 17 4 1 12 13 32 -25 27

Read more about Eredivisie

The Eredivisie is the highest level of professional football in the Netherlands. 18 teams play two fixtures against each other to form the final league table and decide which team wins the Dutch national championship. The phrase Eredivisie translates to “Honour Division”. The “big three” in Dutch football are Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord.