Sparta Rotterdam vs Ajax prediction, odds & betting tips – 17/03/2024

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Sparta Rotterdam - Ajax

Netherlands Eredivisie - Sparta Stadium Het Kasteel

Sparta Rotterdam vs Ajax prediction
Ajax will be hoping for a more convincing win compared to the reverse fixture – Photo by Icon Sport

Ajax will be looking to bounce back from a humiliating defeat in Europe on Thursday at the hands of Aston Villa, which only compounded their woes in what's been a difficult season.

Sparta Rotterdam vs Ajax prediction: Dutch giants can ill afford another slip-up

Sparta Rotterdam vs Ajax predictions
Our pick

🔥Hot tip

Brian Brobbey to score first

⚽ Correct score prediction

Sparta Rotterdam 1-2 Ajax

⏱HT/FT

Ajax/Ajax

Key stats

  • Ajax have won one of their previous six league matches
  • Sparta Rotterdam have won once in their previous nine games
  • Ajax have scored in all but three Eredivisie matches this season

Pre-game odds and win probability: Ajax tipped to bounce back

Home: 23/10 (3.3) – 30.3%

Draw: 13/5 (3.6) – 27.8%

Away: 1/1 (2.0) – 50%

It would have been expected for Ajax to be heavier favoured than evens, so with the uncertainty surrounding their form following a midweek capitulation, why not check out other free betting tips and avoid an outright market upset?

Just across the water in England, we have tipped a handful of players to score first this weekend on our betting insights page. So why not back someone such as Brian Brobbey to do the same in this must-win fixture for Ajax?

Last five H2Hs: Ajax are utterly dominant

Ajax have not tasted defeat in any of the previous five matches against Spara Rotterdam and in fact, the home side this weekend have only managed to cause an upset on three occasions in their entire history.

Netherlands Eredivisie 09/12/23

Ajax

Ajax

2
Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 19/02/23

Ajax

Ajax

4
Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 21/08/22

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

0
Ajax

Ajax

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 09/04/22

Ajax

Ajax

2
Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 28/11/21

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

0
Ajax

Ajax

1

Sparta Rotterdam preview: An upset looks unlikely

It's looking like a huge uphill task for Sparta Rotterdam to leave this fixture with any sort of positive result. It's just one win in eight games for the home side and with them set to face a wounded animal in Ajax, the odds are certainly not in their favour.

Predicted lineup: Olij (GK) – Van der Kurst, Eerdhuijzen, Meissen, Bakari – De Guzman – Saito, Verschueren, Clement, Brym – Lauritsen

Netherlands Eredivisie 06/04/24

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Heracles

Heracles

2

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 02/04/24

W

Vitesse

Vitesse

1

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

4

Netherlands Eredivisie 30/03/24

W

Fortuna Sittard

Fortuna Sittard

0

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

4

Netherlands Eredivisie 17/03/24

D

Ajax

Ajax

2

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

2

Netherlands Eredivisie 09/03/24

L

FC Twente

FC Twente

2

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

1

Ajax preview: Dutch giants need a reaction

Ajax will feel as though their season is crumbling all around them once again having been thumped 4-0 over two legs by Aston Villa. The Dutch giants are also six points off the pace in the race to qualify for the Europa League, so they need a big win this Sunday.

Predicted lineup: Ramaj (GK) – Kaplan, Hato, Sutalo – Sosa, Van den Boomen, Tahirovic, Gooijer – Hlynsson, Taylor – Brobbey

Netherlands Eredivisie 07/04/24

L

Feyenoord

Feyenoord

6

Ajax

Ajax

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 04/04/24

D

Go Ahead Eagles

Go Ahead Eagles

1

Ajax

Ajax

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 31/03/24

W

PEC Zwolle

PEC Zwolle

1

Ajax

Ajax

3

Netherlands Eredivisie 17/03/24

D

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

2

Ajax

Ajax

2

UEFA Conference League 14/03/24

L

Aston Villa

Aston Villa

4

Ajax

Ajax

0

Ajax's top scorer Brian Brobbey
Brian Brobbey is Ajax's top scorer this season and scored in the reverse fixture – Photo by Icon Sport

Player to watch: Brian Brobbey

It's easy to pick out Ajax's top scorer as the player to watch, but realistically, Brian Brobbey is one of a few players to come out of this campaign with some self-respect in what's been a disastrous season.

Brobbey to haunt Sparta once again

Before the winter break, it was eight goals in 15 Eredivisie games for Brobbey, but since returning refreshed and having time to evaluate his game, the Dutch striker has only failed to score in three matches.

Brobbey netted the first goal in the reverse fixture this season and has only failed to find the back of the net in five away clashes this term, so he is going to be ready to go on Sunday, especially after being starved of service midweek.


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