Progrès Niederkorn and Willem II meet at Stade Parc des Sports, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (2nd Qualifying Round). These two teams have never met before, so this will be their first head-to-head match. In this game, the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
Progrès Niederkorn :
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (2nd Qualifying Round) after eliminating Zeta, after a (3‑0) home win in the previous tie. This is a team that curiously tends to achieve more positive results as a visitor than at home, since in the last 30 games they have registered 9 victories, 3 draws and 3 defeats as a visitor, with 36 goals scored and 15 suffered; against 7 victories, 4 draws and 4 defeats in his stadium, with 29 goals scored and 19 suffered. In their last match, for the National Division, they lost to F91 Dudelange at home by (1‑2). In their last 10 home matches Progrès Niederkorn has recorded 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. His attack has scored regularly, as he has always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency to score goals, as in 13 of their last 15 matches there were Over 1.5 goals and in 11 of the last 15 there were Over 2.5 goals.
Progrés Niederkorn come into this match after a 1-2 defeat in reception to Dudelange, in a Luxembourg championship match. On the previous day of the Europa League, the Luxembourgians beat Zeta 3-0. In this match against Willem II, coach Roland Vrabec must act in the usual tactical system, 4-3-3, with Kevin Holtz, Sebastien Thill and Ryad Habbas being the most offensive references of the team. However, in this team stands out the offensive midfielder Kempes Waldemar Tekiela, who scored two goals in the match against Zeta. All players are available for this game.
Willem II :
The visiting team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of achieving a positive result as a visitor. This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has registered 6 victories, 2 draws and 7 losses as a visitor, with 23 goals scored and 28 suffered; against 8 victories, 5 draws and 2 defeats in his stadium, with 24 goals scored and 12 suffered. The team comes to this match after a away loss against Heerenveen by (2‑0). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Willem II won 3, drew 1 and lost 6. Their defense has not been very strong, since they have conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their attack has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games. There is a tendency to have goals in their away matches, since 12 of the last 13 matches they have played have ended with Over 1.5 goals.
Willem II come to this game after a 2-0 defeat at the Heerenveen stadium visit, in a game for the first day of the Dutch championship. We recall that the visitors come to this stage of the Europa League after finishing their country’s championship in fifth position the previous season. In this match at the Arena del Progrés Niederkorn, coach Adrie Koster must act with an offensive strategy, seeking only the counterattack in order to exploit the back of the opponent’s defense. It should be noted that the visitors have great competence in quick transitions: Mats Kohlert is very fast and adept at transporting the ball for attack. There are no major absences for this game.