Vitesse – FC Basel is the first game from the semi-finals of the Europa League qualification with two teams that have different perspectives on this game. Basel are coming into this game after being knocked out from Uefa Champions League, and Vitesse after a great win against FC Viitorul Constanta. The game will start at 20:00 and it will take place on GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Referee Observer: László Vágner (HUN)
Vitesse are coming into this with a much higher morale than their opponents from this game. They drew against the Romanian side in the first game and in the second one they destroyed them with 3-1. They secured a safe qualification but now they will face another hard nut. Basel aren’t the same team that managed to reach the last 16 last season in the Uefa Champions League competition. Their strong point is their attack and that should be the key factor in this game because Basel aren’t doing well in defence. Now they need to improve their defensive line as well because they conceded 3 goals in 2 games which isn’t a good thing even thought they scored much more.
FC Basel are with their morale down after a shocking loss against PAOK in the Uefa Champions League qualification stage. They lost both games and the Greek team qualified with 5-1 on aggregate. It’s clear that the Swiss team isn’t the one that had a huge record of titles in Switzerland and reached the last 16 in the Uefa Champions League competition. They need to change something in the team if they want to improve in the European competitions. Even in the Championship they are having big troubles and Young Boys will take advantage of that.
Vitesse – FC Basel: Head-to-Head
This will be the first ever game played by this two sides.
Vitesse – FC Basel: Prediction
Given their current form Vitesse should have no problem taking all the three points from this one. This one will be definitely a high-scoring contest given the aspects of the game that we saw from both teams. Vitesse faced a much easier opponent than FC Basel but still managed to create a lots of chances and convert enough of them. FC Basel on the other hand created many chances but only converted one. With two sloppy defences I expect both teams to score at least once but the hosts should take advantage of the bad form the Basel are at the moment.
Prediction: Both Teams To Score, Yes, Odds: 1.50
Stake: 10 units
Secondary Prediction: Vitesse over 1.5 goals, Odds: 2.20
Stake: 8 units