Friday, March 06, 2009




Visitors are in freefall and have lost their last six starts, they now sit just a point ahead of Sparta, who are themselves three points clear of the drop zone. Obviously, this is a match that neither can afford to lose, when looking at this game earlier in the week, I thought that the visitors might be value getting a big handicap start, but they have a number of injury concerns, especially in midfield and I now hear that top scorer Demouge is a doubt. Therefore, it is hard to make a case for them being able to create too much.Given their situation and the lack of offensive options available to "new" coach Alfons Groenendijk, who has strong Sparta connections, they will surely pack their defence and try to steal a goal on the break, a point would be a fanatstic result for them.

I see no reason for either team to be too gung-ho early on, Sparta have gone in level at the break in 9 of their last 12 games, including the last five at home. They probably do not run into a packed defence too often and might struggle to break the visitors down, I expect this to open up more in the second period, but the 2.30 + for them to go in level at half time, looks decent value to me.

5 points half time draw 2.30 general quote..... bigger is available on the exchanges for limited liquidity at the moment.

Good Luck.

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