Vitesse Arnhem vs FC Basel / Europa League – Vitesse has skipped an obstacle in the second qualifying round to reach this third qualifying round European League, while Basel has begun its European path in the Champions League, but they have stumbled at the first obstacle, so now they have to qualify for Europa League. Vitesse has played two matches against the Romanian Viitorula and those are the only matches that they have so far been played, because the Dutch championship did not start yet and the Swiss did, so Basel has recorded a defeat, a victory and a draw in the first three rounds. This will be the first mutual duel between Vitesse and Basel.
Vitesse Arnhem vs FC Basel begins 09.08.2018. at 20:00 CET.
Vitesse has started a new season and it can be said that they have relatively easily skipped the first European obstacle. In the second qualifying round they played against Romanian Viitorula and they made a good result in their first appearance on the side. They did not start well because they were losing with 2-0 at the start of the second half, however, they managed to return to the match and at the end it was 2-2, which opened the doors for further placement. They did not allow a surprise on their field and they won with 3-1, and thus solved all dilemmas.
It is obvious that they have no problems with scoring goals at the beginning of the new season and their first striker Matavz has scored in both duels, just like the other striker Captain Linssen, but their defence does not seem too safe. It is no surprise when it is known that they have a new goalkeeper Eduardo, and two new center-backs, Thelander and Clarke-Slater, who immediately too their positions in the starting lineup.
Probable lineups Vitesse Arnhem: Eduardo – Karavaev, Thelander, Clarke-Slater, Buttner – Serero – Beerens, Bero, Foor, Linssen – Matavz
Basel had a very stressful beginning of the season and it was after the season in which they remained without a single trophy and after many years of dominance they were no longer the champions of their country. However, they were second and they got a chance in the Champions League, but they stumbled on the first obstacle and were eliminated by PAOK, after playing good on the side, but they still lost with 2-1. This has offered a hope for a rematch at home, but they played disastrously in that rematch and lost with 3-0, so they ended up in the Champions League. In addition to two defeats by PAOK, Basel has also started badly in the championship, where they lost at home and played a draw as guests.
All in all, these were four games without a win and they decided to change their coach A.Frei early in the season. Former Austrian coach Marcel Koller was appointed a new coach and he debuted in the victory over Grasshoppers. The result was 4-2 in that match and they really celebrated routinely, though they had less players in the last half hour due to the exclusion of Cumart. The new coach has made some minor changes, and now we expect the same composition on the field.
Probable lineups FC Basel: Omlin – Widmer, Suchy, Cumart, Riveros – Serey Die, F.Frei, Oberlin, Zuffi – Al.Ajeti, van Wolfswinkel
Vitesse Arnhem vs FC Basel PICK
Vitesse plays very well at the start of the season and we can particularly point out that they easily score goals. Their defence is somewhat weaker, while Basel has problems in all of the team's lines, however, they have changed their coach, which means this could be an open match with goals in both networks.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.61 at williamhill (down to 1.56 can be played)
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