Willem II vs Vitesse:
Dutch Eredivisie 2016/17,
Date: Saturday, 6 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Koning Willem II Stadion (Tiburg).
Willem II Tilburg will be desperate to put behind a disappointing 2015/16 Dutch Eredivise campaign, where they finished 16th. They narrowly escaped relegation after a narrow victory over NAC Breda in the play-offs. They were 9th in the season 2014/15 season, missed the Europa League spot by 4 points. Now with a new manager, Erwin van de Looi at the helm, the Superkruiken will be hoping for a better run this season.
Willem are coming on the back of a good run in the pre-season friendlies. They remained unbeaten in the six matches they played with 4 wins and 2 days. However, the teams they met were of similar or lower stature.
SBV Vitesse missed the Europa League play-off spot by virtue of 2 points after finishing 9th in the overall standings. They were 5th in the previous season and got to the Europa League third qualifying round, but were eliminated by Southampton. Vitas are also coming to the 2015/16 season with a new manager. Henk Fraser, who had just one full season at ADO Den Haag is pretty inexperienced and a tough task in hand.
Vitesse on the other hand had a poor run of results in the warm-up matches. They are coming on the back of three straight defeats. But all of these had come against stronger sides like West Brom, Porto and Newcastle United. While the wins against Shakthar Donetsk and Rubin Kazan are the positives from their preparation campaign.
Willem II vs Vitesse: Head-to-Head Stats
- Vitesse earned 3 wins in the last five meetings against Willem, losing 1 and drawing 1.
- The last three matches between these two sides have seen under 2.5 goals.
- Willem II held Vitesse to a 1-1 draw at home, in the the same fixture of last season.
- Willem are on a three match win-less run against Vitesse at home, with 1 draw and 2 losses.
Willem II vs Vitesse: Prediction
Vitesse failed to defeat Willem in the two fixtures of previous season after losing 1-0 at home and drawing 1-1 in the away leg. But they have traditionally dominated Willem in the past few decades.
Willem on the other hand will be pretty confident after an unbeaten pre-season campaign. Despite being the underdogs here, they will feel they can get something out of this match.
Both clubs are under new managers and it will take a while for the teams to settle into any sorts of rhythm. As a reason this could be a cagey affair as both teams will prioritize to avoid a defeat. So a draw is very likely, with the visitors being slight favourites to edge a win.
I also believe goals will be at premium, so backing under 2.5 is the best bet for this match.
Willem II vs Vitesse: Tips
- Under 2.5 goals.
- Double Chance – Vitesse/Draw