Sparta Rotterdam take on the visitors Twente in the final match of Conference League playoffs in Dutch Eredivisie. The match will be played on Thursday, June 8th at Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel (Rotterdam).
The right to participate in the Conference League of the new season in the Eredivisie will be contested in a two-legged confrontation between Sparta and Twente. Rotterdam-based Sparta are considered the underdog by bookmakers. It is understandable since the team has already exceeded expectations in the current season, finishing in sixth place in the regular championship and qualifying for the playoffs. Moreover, they scored 60 goals in 34 matches, indicating a high level of attacking prowess. In the previous playoff stage, Sparta defeated Utrecht (1-1 and 2-1). As you can see, betting on over goals played out in both semifinal matches. It is highly likely to come into play again in the first clash against Twente.
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Twente are inherently favored in this confrontation. In the regular season, the team finished one spot above Sparta, outscoring them by 5 points. They were also only 5 points away from the bronze position on the pedestal, which eventually went to the renowned Ajax. Under the guidance of Ron Jans, Twente had a commendable season, closing out the main part of the championship with four consecutive victories and scoring 66 goals in the 34 regular season matches. In the playoff semifinals, they defeated Heracles twice (2-1 and 4-0). I believe Twente will at least find the net against Sparta in Rotterdam. However, the guests themselves are unlikely to keep a clean sheet.
Bookmakers have designated Twente as the favorite in this matchup, including the away match. Objectively speaking, this is justified, but personally, I don't want to venture into predicting the outcome of the first clash between these opponents. Instead, I will opt for a typical bet in the Eredivisie - both teams to score. I believe that at least once, these teams will disappoint each other. In their last three head-to-head encounters, they exchanged accurate strikes - the two most recent league matches ended in a draw (1-1 and 3-3), and there was another friendly match in which Twente emerged as the stronger side (1-2). Twente is the current favorite and should score. However, Sparta, playing at home, can certainly manage to breach their opponents' defense at least once.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score – yes.