Sparta Rotterdam may have avoided automatic relegation this season, but their Eredivisie status is still in doubt as the relegation play-offs await. This Sunday marks the final round of games in the Eredivisie and it will be interesting to see how Sparta go about home match against Heracles. The hosts may choose to rest some key players ahead of the relegation play-off tie, but there is also logic in the Rotterdam club trying to win on Sunday and build up some momentum and confidence ahead of their season decider. Heracles could still pinch tenth place away from Excelsior, but the visitors are destined to finish in the bottom half of the table for a sixth straight season.

When Heracles played host to Sparta for their reverse league fixture back in December, the pair played out a five-goal thriller. Heracles took the lead on three separate occasions and claimed victory in the final minute of the match, to the dismay of the travelling fans. Wuytens opened the scoring in the sixth minute and that goal proved the difference between the sides at half time. Sparta came out of the blocks firing in the second half, taking just one minute to level the scorelines thanks to a Proschwitz strike. Its wasn’t until the seventy-fourth minute that the hosts restored their one goal advantage, when Niemeijer was sent through on goal by Darri. Sparta we’re only behind for two minutes before Proschwitz scored his second of the game after good work from Brogno. If anyone looked like they were going to win the game it was Sparta, as the visitors created twice as many goal scoring chances than their hosts, but failed to produce the winner. Sparta’s pore finishing ended up costing them dearly as Vermeij netted a last minute winner for Heracles as the hosts snatched an undeserved victory at the death.

With two wins and four defeats from their last six matches Sparta claim the title of form favourites heading into Sunday’s final game of the season. Heracles have lost one fewer matches than Sparta during that same six game period, but with three draws and no victories they have to settle for a place behind their hosts in the form guide. Despite the form guide being against them, Heracles have remained unbeaten in five of their last seven matches against Sparta and will be confident in taking something from the game with their hosts losing four of their last six in the league. The result of this match could hinge on the strength of the starting line up that Sparta choose to go with, as they may hope to avoid any further injuries and ensure they have fresh legs for the crucial relegation play-off tie.

Mühren provides the hosts best chance of goals on Sunday, with the striker leading the way for Sparta with seven goals in this seasons Eredivisie. Niemeijer has netted one more than his opposite number for Heracles heading into the final game of the campaign, and the striker could prove vital in the final result on Sunday.

We’re confident that Heracles will take something from their final Eredivisie game of the season against Sparta Rotterdam and have backed the visitors with a double chance bet. As for a final score, we’re backing this game to end in a 1-1 draw as three of the last five league meetings have ended in score draws.

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