Utrecht vs Vitesse
Dutch Eredivisie – Europa League Play-off Final
Date: Saturday, 19 May 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht.
Vitesse lead 3-2 from the first leg in a match filled with drama. Two goals fell in the last 5 minutes with Utrecht first getting level on 2-2 before Guram Kashia scoring the winner in the injury time.
Utrecht will be looking to match the last term’s success when they annulled the huge first-leg deficit in Eredivisie’s Europa League playoffs final against AZ. They lost the first match 3-0 away at AFAS Stadion a year ago, but managed to recover miraculously beating their counterparts with the same scoreline in the rematch and winning the tie on penalties.
The team now led by Jean-Paul de Jong will have a much easier task now as they managed to bag two goals in a 3-2 loss to Vitesse in the first leg of the final away at GelreDome. Guram Kashia was the man who bagged the stoppage-time winner for Vitas who will face a huge task saving the narrow one-goal cushion in order to book a place in the Europa League qualifications this summer.
Utrecht vs Vitesse: Head-to-head
Vitesse extended the lead to four wins in the H2H stats with Utrecht when they took a 3-2 win on Tuesday.
Nonetheless, Utrecht were much more successful in the history of matches at Stadion Galgenwaard where they won 16 and lost only 6 of 26 H2H encounters with Vitas.
Both teams found the net in 10 of last 11 head to head matches between these two sides.
We could be in for another goal fest on Saturday evening knowing that last two H2H outings offered the total of 11 goals.
Utrecht vs Vitesse: Prediction
Utrecht had a narrow deficit in the semi-final tie with Heerenveen as well but managed to clinch a 2-1 victory on the rematch in front of the home crowd in order to book the place in this final. They will rely heavily on Zakaria Labyad who has been thriving in the last couple of outings netting three in last two clashes with Heerenveen and Vitesse. Since this is likely going to be another high-scoring affair, we can easily see him on the scoreline, meaning we just have to take the 2.25 odds offered for the Moroccan midfielder to score here.
The bet you just can’t make a mistake with is Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS at 2.00 knowing since Vitesse have just not been playing defense at all lately. Each of last four games Vitas played produced at least four goals and saw both teams on the scoresheet.
Utrecht vs Vitesse: Bet Tips
- Zakaria Labyad to score anytime @ 2.25
- Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS @ 2.00.