Zulte-Waregem and Vitesse are leveling off at Regenboogstadion in a game for this UEFA Europa League phase (Group Stage). These two teams have never faced before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match the home factor can be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results conquered at home and as a visitor.
The home team arrives at this third day of Group K in 4th place, with no points won, after 2 defeats. In their first game in this group stage lost at home against Nice, by (1-5). In the second day, lost out against Lazio by (2-0). This is a team that has curiously been stronger as a visitor than in their home games, since in the last 30 games has recorded 7 victories and 8 defeats as a visitor; against 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in his stadium. The team arrives at this match after a defeat away with Antwerp by (3-0). In the last 10 home games for all competitions, Zulte-Waregem won 3, tied 2 and lost 5. His defense has not been very solid, having conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but his attack has scored regularly, scoring goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In 14 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback.
Zulte Waregem is going through a difficult time, coming from three consecutive defeats, a period in which he scored only one goal, which makes it clear that there are problems to be solved in the offensive sector. Now the team is only seventh in sixteen clubs in the Belgian Championship and still unpublished in Group K of the Europa League, bitter in the last position. Their last confrontation by the continental tournament was marked by much possession of ball, having failed few passes, but finalized very little and did not withstand the pressure of the Italians of the Lazio. His offensive performance is not reflecting the numbers of the national championship, in which he has the third best attack. For this match, perhaps the coach chooses to place the Olayinka striker in the starting eleven.
The visiting team arrives at this 3rd day of Group K in 3rd place, with no points conquered, after 2 defeats. In his first match in this group stage he lost at home against Lazio by (2-3). In the second day, lost out against Nice by (3-0). This is a team that has curiously been stronger outside than at home, since in the last 30 games it registers 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 defeats in his stadium. The team arrives in this match after a draw with Heracles for (1-1). In the last 10 games played as a visitor for all competitions, the Vitesse won 4, tied 3 and lost 3. The team allowed the opponent to score in 8 of the last 10 games, so his defense needs to improve, but his attack has scored regularly, scoring goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In 12 games, he suffered the first goal 5 times and never got the comeback.
The Vitesse, as well as their rival of this day of the Europa League, does not live a great moment, since it has been three matches without winning and conquered only one victory in the last seven matches. Although he is still well qualified in the Dutch championship, where he occupies the fourth position, he is showing some deterioration, with two consecutive draws. Based on the national championship, we can say that the team is characterized by a consistent defense, but that is not confirmed in the continental tournament, even by the highest level that has this competition. In its last confrontation by the Europa League obtained a good number of disarmings, but left to desire in the creation, finalizing little. Coach Henk Fraser should keep the team 4-3-3, with Linssen standing out in the offensive sector.
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