Tuesday night will between FC Volendam and Sparta Rotterdam the first quarter-final of the KNVB Cup place. The clubs are no strangers to each other, because they found each other in the Jupiler League in recent years. In recent history Volendam still got the semifinals in 2009 and Sparta the quarterfinals a year later. Who qualifies for the final four?
FC Volendam: Strong series
FC Volendam was twice close to Cup win. the Wide Pants lost to Sparta calculated the final in 1958 and 1995 (4-3) and Feyenoord (2-1). The miracles are not yet the world, but as long as you have left in you have a chance, the Volendam will think. In any case, Ajax and PSV are top clubs already and has the team of Robert Miller at auctions lucky Sparta had. The road to the quarterfinals went all the way easy for the other Orange. In the first round they were 3-1 against MVV, but fought back to an extension, after which the penalty is best taken by Volendam. In the next round remained within normal time goalless against Almere City, but in overtime score was the way Volendam 2-1. The third round against the amateurs of VVSB did it convincingly 4-1 win.
Despite Volendam take the first Eredivisie Team Sparta, confidence in a good outcome is great. In the league let Volendam show good form. Since mid-October, lost only one game. Additionally, the last four home matches were won convincingly. Last Friday, FC Volendam admittedly fell behind against FC Eindhoven, but it brought the team out of the way. Joey Veerman was the big man by scoring twice. The talent is an important link in the Volendam playmaking, but also knows to score now.
It seems that Miller Tuesday on a fit selection features. Mohamed Betti has been injured since Ties Evers touched preferred at right back position. As for Betti has Evers, his tremendous ability to walk. Striker Jack Tuyp again seems to have come off worst Bert Steltenpool, said Kevin Kippersluis acts as a shadow striker.
Sparta Rotterdam: Packed point at AZ
Savings there was not last Saturday at Sparta in Alkmaar. AZ against the Spartans played a good game, they were no less than the home team. Just before the team of Alex Pastoor was rewarded with the equalizer by pinch hitter Mathias Pogba. Smetje this result was that Father at the end still was sent to the stands, and he probably should not be on the side in the cup clash. Priest was annoyed that the fourth official all throughout the match did not answer. “It’s not necessary. If you calmly ask what, you can do just answer, “said the coach of Sparta.
As Pastor’s own, the trainer came last Saturday with a surprising lineup against AZ. On paper it was still a 4-3-3, but in the implementation Sparta played without striker and pushed the attacking midfielders Paco van Moorsel and Stijn Spierings continuously in the empty space. The game of the Spartans looked good in this system and there were also created plenty of chances, but lacked a real finisher à la Zakaria El Azzouzi. Eventually Pogba was introduced as “battering ram” for so long balls to harness the power of the striker. It is therefore to be seen how it will look like in practice. Iván Calero seems provisionally left to be preferred Loris Brogno and Craig Goodwin.