League: NETHERLANDS: Eredivisie – Round 22
Match: 18:30 Utrecht – Sparta Rotterdam
Prediction: BTS – Yes
Average odds: 1.68
Bookmaker: bwin
Result: 1:0 LOST


The reverse fixture saw a goal scored in the very first minute as Zakaria Labyad’s (UTR) shot found the bottom-right-corner after a fast counter attack. Sparta Rotterdam fought back and scored just after the break (55th minute). But it was Labyad’s day when his free kick zoomed into the top-left-corner (75 minute), and five minutes later Gyrano Kerk sealed the three points (3-1 UTR).
Sparta Rotterdam’s 1-0 over Willem II last round has made it possible for them to get out of relegation this round. To do so they need to win and for Twente, Breda and Roda all to lose, two of which are facing AZ Alkmaar and Ajax.
Utrecht have drawn their last four games and drawn eight in total (only Venlo equal this record) in the Eredivisie (ERE). In seventh, the last EL play off position, Utrecht are being chased down by Heerenveen and Venlo, and both teams have won their last two games making it a must win for Utrecht.
The h2h between these sides dates back to 1955. The last high scoring match between the teams was a 7-1 win for Utrecht in 2007. Playing against each other in 110 matches in all competitions, Sparta Rotterdam have a record of: W44, D26, L40, while a total of 360 goals were produced – an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Players to watch: 24-year-old Moroccan Zakaria Labyad scored a brace for Utrecht in the reverse fixture and is also their current top scorer with eight goals and seven assists.
Twenty-two-year-old Nigerian Fred Friday joined Sparta Rotterdam from Jong AZ in the Eerste Divisie and after four games with Sparta, he has scored one goal (previous fixture) in four games.
Stat attack: Ultrecht have not lost at home in their last four games and have only lost one home game all season (W4, D5, L1). Their home games produce an average of three goals per game. In the last five ERE home games, Ultrecht have an average of five corners per game.
Sparta Rotterdam have not won at home in ten home fixtures (W0, D3, L7) and are currently on a losing streak of four games. Their home games have produced 31 goals – an average of 3.1 goals per game. The last five ERE away games have seen Sparta Rotterdam win an average of six corners per game.