Vitesse vs Zulte Waregem Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups & Betting Tips
Our betting experts offer another prediction for the UEFA Europa League round on Thursday night, 2 November 2017, when Vitesse hosts to Zulte Waregem. Both teams earned first points in this year’s group stage with a draw on matchday three and they can both be knocked out of the competition if they draw again, while Nice wins against Lazio. Read on what our analysts have to say in a detailed match preview, prediction and free betting tips.
H2H History: Vitesse vs Zulte Waregem
In the first ever encounter between these two clubs, two weeks ago, it was Zulte Waregem who went ahead thanks to an own goal by Vitesse’s captain Guram Kashia, only four minutes before they have leveled the score through Thomas Bruns. A quick action that formed the final 1:1 at the “Regenboogstadion” in Waregem and also rewarded both clubs with their first point of the campaign. Furthermore, it was the first point won and goal scored by Zulte Waregem after three previous games against Dutch sides. Anyway, all of them were against clubs which are part of the Big Three in the Netherlands – PSV and Ajax.
Fourteen days later Vitesse and Zulte Waregem will renew their duel but in the Netherlands, where hosts from Arnhem have won their previous clash with a Belgian team – 1:0 vs KV Mechelen in round 2 of the 1992–93 UEFA Cup.
UEFA Europa League: Vitesse vs Zulte Waregem 02.11.2017
Both sides have won one point out of three Group K fixtures and are eight and five points, respectively, behind Lazio and Nice with three games remaining. Another draw in Arnhem can be suicidal for the European ambitions of these two domestic cup winners, who surely have had greater expectations before the season.
Vitesse lifted the KNVB Cup in end of April this year and thus won a straight promotion to the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League group stage. Well, unfortunately, Vitesse still aims to reach its first continental victory since July 2012, when they won 3:1 vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League qualifiers. The Dutch club have only 2 draws in 9 European outings ever since and have lost their last four European fixtures in Arnhem, most recently going down 2:3 to Lazio on matchday one. A truly regretful result outcome since Vitesse were ahead twice but eventually lost the game.
Meanwhile, Henk Fraser’s men are fifth in the Eredivisie, despite losing 2:4 to PSV Eindhoven last weekend. They have one point more from the reigning champion Feyenoord and also are on three points behind third-placed PEC Zwolle, mostly due to their results away from home. In fact Vitesse remains winless at home after the opening Eredivisie round (12 August) when they won 4:1 vs NAC Breda.
Guests from Belgium have finally ended their poor form on Saturday night when Zulte Waregem won over a struggling and last-placed team from Mechelen (2:1 at home). Important three points coming after a period of five defeats in six games, where the only positive was a draw against Vitesse. Nevertheless, Francky Dury’s men are still in top-six of the Belgian First Division A standings (6th) and a victory over the Dutch team can resurrect their European dreams as well.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Central defenders Maikel van der Werff and Arnold Kruiswijk are the only players missing for Henk Fraser so expectations are that Vitesse’s coach will name the same starting lineup as in the weekend. All eyes are looking at the attacking trio Bryan Linssen, Milot Rashica, Tim Matavz, who will have to work hard to accomplish the first European success of Vitesse after more than five years.
Zulte Waregem comes after a very busy week in which Francky Dury’s side had to play three games in period Sunday-Saturday. Thankfully, after losing 2:5 at home to Waasland-Beveren and 2:0 to Anderlecht in Brussels, Zulte Waregem won against KV Mechelen after a second-half winner by striker Aaron Leya Iseka. That was the fourth league goal for the talented 19-years-old striker this season, but unfortunately he will miss the trip to the Netherlands due to suspension. Aaron Leya Iseka’s absence is the only attacking concern for Francky Dury and expectations are that either Peter Olayinka or Ivan Saponjic will replace him on top of Zulte Waregem’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Goalkeeper Sammy Bossut, defenders Davy De Fauw and Timothy Derijck are all injured and will miss out.
Vitesse vs Zulte Waregem Prediction and Betting Tips
Stakes are high as the European future for one, or even of both clubs, is wagered here. Vitesse and Zulte Waregem have their own arguments to claim the whole set of points on Thursday evening but our betting prediction goes on the home side. We bet on Vitesse (1X2 Betting) – the Dutch side looks the one with more quality, especially up front and if we consider Aaron Leya Iseka’s suspension. Their winless home streak and poor European record must be ended someday and Zulte Waregem seems to be a good match for that purpose.
Possible Lineups of Vitesse and Zulte Waregem
Venue: “GelreDome”, Arnhem.
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy from Ukraine.
Vitesse Arnheim: Remko Pasveer – Fankaty Dabo, Matt Miazga, Guram Kashia, Alexander Büttner – Navarone Foor, Thulani Serero, Thomas Bruns – Milot Rashica, Tim Matavz, Bryan Linssen. (4-3-3)
SV Zulte Waregem: Louis Bostyn – Sandy Walsh, Marvin Baudry, Michaël Heylen, Brian Hamalainen – Julien de Sart, Gertjan De Mets – Nill De Pauw, Sander Coopman, Onur Kaya – Peter Olayinka. (4-2-3-1)