Vitesse VS Utrecht Prediction
Friday night arrives with the opening game of round 4 in Dutch Eredivisie which will take place at “GelreDome” in Aarnhem, where hosts Vitesse are keen to put an end of two negative tendencies. First of all Vitesse must cut the positive form of Utrecht against them, as “Vitas” is with just one draw in its last five encounters against Utrecht. In addition to their negative streak against that opposition, Vitesse are still without a home victory since more than six months – 13 February, when they won over Heerenveen. Really poor home form by Vitesse but they surely have some reliable arguments to chase all the points in the upcoming round.
Vitesse are with only 2 points won out of their last six home games from which only one is in season 2016-2017. That was the first home match of Henk Fraser’s men and it has ended with a surprising defeat by ADO Den Haag – 1:2. Nevertheless, Vitesse can be pleased by their first two away fixtures as they’ve won the maximum out of them. This includes the 4-1 vs Willem II and narrow victory (1-0) vs Roda in their last Eredivisie encounter.
These results are placing Vitesse on fourth position in current Eredivisie standings, right behind leading trio where all have the maximum amount of points won (9) – Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and ADO Den Haag.
Utrecht can boast with four wins and just one draw in their last five fixtures vs Vitesse but first three rounds during season 2016-2017 don’t inspire such an optimism. Indeed, Utrecht lost in their first two home matches (1-2 vs PSV and AZ Alkmaar) and their only point came from the last (also first in the season) visit – 2-2 vs Heerenveen, in another Friday night opener.
Eredivisie: Vitesse vs Utrecht – Squads and Betting Tip
Erik ten Hag (Utrecht’s head coach) must require more from his players and we suppose that even a point goes into his game plan here, considering better form which Vitesse shows so far. Of course, it’s still to early for some general conclusions as only three rounds have passed, but we observe some decent results by Vitesse in their outings, as well as wider squad depth that hosts from Arnhem possess.
Vitesse are eager to wrap up both negative streaks we already mentioned and this goes through home victory over visitors from Utrecht.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel has returned into its home club after few years abroad and the 27-year-old striker, who gained some experienced in Europe’s most reputable competitions like the English Premier League, Portuguese Primeira Liga, Ligue 1 and La Liga, is set to face against another former club – Utrecht. He was member of the club in period 2009-2011 and that was his first club after Vitesse. However, The Wolf (as he is known) is back in Vitesse and he already has two goals in first three rounds. Nathan, Milot Rashica and Valeri Qazaishvili, who all form the attacking trio behind van Wolfswinkel, are also in good form and their efforts can be enough to secure first home victory for Vitesse after more than half an year.
Venue: “GelreDome”, Arnhem.
Referee: Björn Kuipers.
Possible squads of SBV Vitesse and FC Utrecht
SBV Vitesse: Eloy Room – Arnold Kruiswijk, Maikel van der Werff, Guram Kashia, Kelvin Leerdam – Lewis Baker, Marvelous Nakamba – Nathan, Valeri Qazaishvili, Milot Rashica – Ricky van Wolfswinkel. (4-2-3-1)
FC Utrecht: Robbin Ruiter – Edson Braafheid, Ramon Leeuwin, Willem Janssen, Kevin Conboy – Patrick Joosten, Sofyan Amrabat, Rico Strieder – Yassin Ayoub – Richairo Zivkovic, Sebastien Haller. (4-3-1-2)