Sparta Rotterdam vs AZ Alkmaar prediction, odds & betting tips 02/03/2024

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Netherlands Eredivisie - Sparta Stadium Het Kasteel

Sparta Rotterdam host AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie
Sparta Rotterdam have won just once in their last six league matches – Photo by Icon Sport

Despite a poor run of recent form, Sparta Rotterdam are not at threat of being engulfed in a relegation battle this season. However, AZ Alkmaar have a huge battle on their hands to keep their spot in the Eredivisie table and secure European football next campaign.

Sparta Rotterdam vs AZ Alkmaar prediction: A road victory expected for European hopefuls

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Sparta Rotterdam 1-3 AZ Alkmaar

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Key stats

  • Sparta Rotterdam have failed to score in four of their last six games
  • AZ Alkmaar have won just two of their last seven games across all competitions
  • Back-to-back wins have boosted AZ Alkmaar's hopes of securing European football
  • Sparta Rotterdam have only beaten AZ Alkmaar twice in their history

Pre-game odds and win probability: AZ Alkmaar expected to pick up a routine three points

Home: 16/5 (4.2) – 23.8%

Draw: 5/2 (3.5) – 28.6%

Away: 17/20 (1.85) – 54.1%

*odds from Ladbrokes, subject to change

With Sparta Rotterdam's rotten run of form in recent weeks, it's no surprise that AZ Alkmaar are overwhelming favourites. However, it only takes a result or two to turn things around as the visitors know all too well.

AZ Alkmaar had previously gone on a run of two wins in 12 league games before recording back-to-back Eredivisie victories including a huge one last weekend against Ajax. So, perhaps don't rule out a Sparta Rotterdam win.

If you still aren't convinced by AZ Alkmaar or any outright market, be sure to check out some of our other tempting free betting tips.

Last five H2Hs: Visitors have a slight edge in recent fixtures

AZ Alkmaar have won three out of the last five meetings between these two sides, with Sparta Rotterdam picking up one victory and a single stalemate. Going further back, however, AZ Alkmaar have been the dominant side in this fixture.

Netherlands Eredivisie 17/09/23

AZ

AZ

2
Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 08/04/23

AZ

AZ

0
Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 14/08/22

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

2
AZ

AZ

3

Netherlands Eredivisie 30/04/22

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

1
AZ

AZ

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 05/12/21

AZ

AZ

3
Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

1

Sparta Rotterdam: A third home league victory looks to be a long shot

Sparta Rotterdam only lost one of their first five league games this season including two wins, two draws and a single defeat at the hands of PSV Eindhoven. However, since then they've won just once, which was their last home outing and could be a huge boost.

Predicted lineup: Olij (GK) – Van der Kust, Eerdhuijzen, Meissen, Bakari – Metinho, Kitolano, Verschueren – Saito, Lauritsen, Andreas-Brym

Netherlands Eredivisie 13/04/24

W

Almere City FC

Almere City FC

2

Sparta Rotterdam

Sparta Rotterdam

3

Netherlands Eredivisie 06/04/24

L

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

AZ Alkmaar: Nothing but three points will be accepted

Having picked up two wins in a row including a huge one against Ajax in the fight for Europe, if AZ Alkmaar were to slip up this week against an out-of-sorts Sparta Rotterdam side would be shocking.

Predicted lineup: Ryan (GK) – Wolfe, Martins Indi, Bazoer, Sugawara – Clasie, Lahdo, De Wit – Van Bommel, Pavlidis, Mijnans

Netherlands Eredivisie 13/04/24

W

RKC

RKC

2

AZ

AZ

3

Netherlands Eredivisie 06/04/24

L

PSV

PSV

5

AZ

AZ

1

Netherlands Eredivisie 03/04/24

L

Heracles

Heracles

5

AZ

AZ

0

Netherlands Eredivisie 30/03/24

W

Vitesse

Vitesse

0

AZ

AZ

2

Netherlands Eredivisie 17/03/24

W

FC Volendam

FC Volendam

0

AZ

AZ

4

Yukinari Sugawara in action for AZ Alkmaar
AZ Alkmaar are unbeaten in the league since Yukinari Sugawara's return to the squad – Photo by Icon Sport

Player to watch – Yukinari Sugawara

Although Yukinari Sugawara is a full-back, he's one of the most important players in this AZ Alkmaar side. His recent absence from the squad saw them fail to win a single league game, and since he returned they haven't lost.

A clean sheet may be a certainty

Just by looking at how good AZ Alkmaar are with Sugawara it's no shock he's a player to watch, but his underlying numbers also stand up to the test. In the Eredivisie, he boasts the most shot-creating actions (65) in the entire AZ Alkmaar squad, and since his return, he's helped keep two clean sheets.


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