Basel vs Vitesse Preview and Predictions

Basel vs Vitesse
Europa League Qualifying – 3rd Round 2nd Leg
Date: Thursday, 16 August 2018
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: St. Jakob-Park (Basel).

Basel vs Vitesse Analysis for Prediction

An injury time goal gives Basel a 1-0 lead from the first leg, Vitesse will think they are hard done by luck.

Despite the lack of goals, it was a fairly open game and the Dutch side had the best of chances to go upfront in the first half.

Tim Matavz missed a handful of clear chances for Vitesse before Basel opened up the game in closing stages.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel had a couple on his own in the final 20 minutes before his venomous strike 3 minutes into injury time ensure the Swiss return to home turf with an advantage.

Now, Europa League ties are won over two legs and I still believe this fixture hang in the perfect balance.

Since Vitesse are capable of scoring goals at will and Basel’s defense is not at it’s best (conceded 9 in 4 home games this season); we won’t be surprised to see the Dutch side overturning the deficit here.

Vitesse have the confidence on their side after a crushing 5-1 win against Groningen on the weekend. Meantime, Basel’s defense was once again exploited despite a 3-2 win against low profile Sion.

Basel vs Vitesse Betting Tips

  • BTTS & Over 2.5 goals at 2.00 (1/1).
  • Vitesse +1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.60 (3/5).

All Analysis and Tips for Second Leg Europa League fixtures compiled by Aron Wright. Below, you may find the preview for first leg of the corresponding tie.

Basel vs Vitesse Match Preview

Basel are looking to fix the horrendous impression from the second qualifying round in Champions League when they suffered a disaster falling 1-5 on aggregate to Greek PAOK.

They Belgians are going through a very difficult period after losing the dominance in the domestic league where they only finished runners-up to Young Boys last year.

Can the Europa League tie be a turning point and get them back on track?

Beating the Dutch side over two legs will be a tough challenge for this Basel squad.

Vitas were thriving in the final third in the recent period having bagged an impressive eight-goal tally in last three games in all competitions.

Three came in a demolishing victory over the likes of Lokomotiv Moscow in a friendly, while five were scored over two Europa League legs against Romanian Viitorul.

Bryan Linssen and Tim Matavz brought the fine spell of form into the new season having notched two goals apiece in two matches with Viitorul. They will punish all mistakes in Basel’s defensive line on Thursday with such form.

Basel were anything but tough to break down at the start of the season as they shipped two or more goals in four of last five games across competitions.

The good news for the head coach Marcelo Koller is the fact Basel bagged four goals at the weekend when they picked up the first win over the season against Grasshopper.

Basel vs Vitesse Head-to-head

The team’s haven’t met prior to the 1-0 win by Basel at Arnhem last Thursday.