SPARTA ROTTERDAM VS GRAAFSCHAP (Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips) / 25.05.2019

Sparta Rotterdam seek an immediate return to the top flight in this play-off final. Despite finishing second overall, Sparta were by far the best home side in the Eerste Divisie, picking up at least seven more points than their closest chasers. They also scored the most goals (49) at an average of 2.58 per match.
Sparta also held the joint-second best defensive record at home (1.11), but there are sobering elements at play, with Sparta coach Henk Fraser being winless in two H2Hs with De Graafschap (D1, L1).
Graafschap themselves are looking to avoid an immediate return to the second-tier in their second consecutive relegation/promotion play-off final. However, the visitors may be up against it, in a H2H fixture which has gone 11 editions without seeing the away side on the day win.
Despite playing at a higher level, Graafschap’s away form is indisputably dire. Nine of the Super Farmers’ 13 away defeats in the regular season came by at least a two-goal margin, with a shocking 38.46% of those defeats coming by a margin of at least four goals.
Players to watchRagnar Ache (two goals, one assist) was involved in three of Sparta’s five play-off semi-final goals, all in the second half.
Two first-half strikes from Charlison Benschop last time out were enough to see Graafschap get to a second successive play-off final.
Stat attack: Sparta manager Henk Fraser is unbeaten in four of his five prior encounters with his opposite number, Henk de Jong (W2, D2, L1).
Graafschap have conceded 0.88 goals per away match on average after the 75th minute alone.
The visitors have won just one of their last 11 trips to Sparta, conceding 2.36 goals per visit on average.

08.05.15 EER Sparta Rotterdam 1-1 Graafschap
08.11.14 EER Graafschap 3-2 Sparta Rotterdam
18.04.14 EER Graafschap 1-0 Sparta Rotterdam
05.10.13 EER Sparta Rotterdam 3-0 Graafschap
01.03.13 EER Sparta Rotterdam 2-1 Graafschap

Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
Selection odds: 1,69
Bookmaker: LS Bet

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