Vitesse will host Utrecht in the first match of the finals for the Europa League. Vitesse managed to eliminate Den Haag in the semi final with 2:5 and 2:1 while Utrecht was better than Herenveen with 3:4 and 2:1. In both cases the first matches were far more exciting and open while it was more about preserving the lead in the second match. Now we have two teams that have shown great attacking ability in the final stages of the championship. Vitesse has been very effective on home ground in the last months and took some notable wins. Sparta 7:0, Twente 5:0, Ajax 3:2, Feyenoord 3:1. Vitesse was, after the top 4 teams, the best attacking team in the league this season. They will certainly have to be on top of their game as Utrecht is not their favorite opponent. In fact Vitesse hasn`t won over Utrecht in the last 9 matches with the most recent win coming in 2013. So they will have to show great determination to win this first game alone as Utrecht is traditionally good in the play-offs.
Vitesse has played over 2.5 goals in 12 of their last 14 matches.
For a better part of the season Utrech has been outstanding at home but fell a bit flat in the finals months. With some questionable results they have fallen down the table but they seem a bit better in the past few matches. Again in the play –off they are a force to be reckoned with but their defensive issues are persistant as was clearly shown against Herenveen. They were 3:0 down in fist half and it took a massive team effort and especially goals from Labyad to keep them in play for the return. In the return match Utrech dominated heavily and went threw with some conviction. They should have scored more.
Utrech is scoring in away matches but are conceiding even more. All of their last 8 away matches have gone over 2.5 goals, even 7 over 3.5 goals. The players that didn`t play in the last match – Labyad and Ayoub are back in the squad and the team will be strong again.
Vitesse: Houwen - Karavaev, Kashia, Miazga, Büttner - Foor, Serero - Beerens, Mount, Linssen – Matavz
Utrecht: Jensen - Klaiber, Janssen, Leeuwin, Van der Maarel - Klich, Ayoub - Strieder, Van de Streek - Labyad, Kerk.
Even if the game is of high importance I expect we will see quite an open game. Goals to come.
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