The Vitesse’s Dutch are Nice’s rivals this Thursday, December 7, in a match for the sixth and final round of the Europa League group stage in their 2017/2018 season. Scheduled for the Gelredome stadium in Arnhem, the clash starts scheduled for 18:05 (Brasília time).
The match serves solely and exclusively for table compliance. The teams are in Group K, which is already set. Lazio, who at the same time faces the Waregem Belgians, secured first place with 13 points in the opening rounds. The French of Nice were left with the second wave. Add nine points.
Vitesse’s recent performance
Vitesse, who have only two points, can beat Waregem at the top of the table, who has four in third place. This, of course, means very little, since the last two placed of each group are eliminated.
On Saturday, December 2, against Feyenoord, the Dutch champions, Vitesse was knocked out of their dominions by 1-0. In the last ten matches, the team only managed two wins. The other matches were divided into draws and losses.
With 22 points (six wins, four draws and four defeats), Vitesse is in the seventh place of the 2017/2018 Eredivisie season. It is at the limit of the block of classified for the dispute of the next edition of the Europa League. It has four points more than the Heereveeen, eighth placed.
Any goal beyond this does not seem feasible. PSV, who leads the tournament, has 17 points higher than Vitesse. Third-placed Ajax, which closes the qualifying zone for the Europa League, is seven points clear. It is not an insurmountable barrier, since there are still 20 rounds remaining. However, Vitesse’s performance pattern does not signal any possibility of such a reaction in the final stretch of the tournament.
The current form of Nice
Third place in the previous season of the French Championship, Nice are even worse than Vitesse in the current Ligue 1 season. With 20 points (six wins, two draws and eight losses), he is in 12th place.
That’s because their situation improved significantly with their 3-1 win over Metz at home and 2-1 against Toulouse outside their dominions in the previous round. Before accumulating these six points, the Riviera team was in the relegation zone.
Although this situation has been circumvented, the bad start of the dispute jeopardizes any major goal of the team in the French Championship. Olympique de Marseille, fourth placed and who closes the zone of classification for European tournaments, for example, accumulated 12 points more.
That way, the Europa League match will most likely be the team’s top priority in the second half of the season. For Thursday’s match, coach Lucien Favre has practically all the players available. They are in the infirmary with injuries only veteran midfielder Wesley Sneijder (five games in the 2017/2018 French Championship without a goal) and striker Igniatius Ganago (three games, one goal).
History of the bouts between Vitesse and Nice
The start of the first round of the current edition of the Europa League was the first involving the teams. At home, the French won 3-0.
Even if it decides to preserve some athletes and act as a visitor, the Nice follows as the best guess option for the confrontation. Has a prize of 2.60 in Betboo. Draw shows return of 3.30 and success of the owners of the house also allows the multiplication by 2.60 of the amount invested.