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Loss Vitesse Vs Spurs

Date
Oct 21, 2021
KO Time
17:45
Score
Vitesse 1-0 Spurs
Wittex (78)
Loss

Match Prediction

  • Spurs to get 3 Points

    Votes: 36 44.4%
  • Vitesse to get 3 Points

    Votes: 22 27.2%
  • Drawn game where we both get a point in this Group Match

    Votes: 23 28.4%

  • Total voters
    81

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Introduction

We will be looking to claim our fourth victory in as many games across all competitions, when we travel to Dutch outfit Vitesse for our Europa Conference League encounter on Thursday night. We have claimed four points from our opening two games in Group G, while the hosts sit just behind us with three points on the board.

Following a run of just one win – in the EFL Cup on penalties – in five matches across all competitions, we have since claimed three successive victories, including last weekend's 3-2 triumph away against Newcastle United. After being faced with a roaring crowd of over 50,000 jubilant Geordie supporters, in the Magpies' first game under new ownership, and then going behind in just the second minute through a Callum Wilson header, Nuno faced an uphill task in motivating our side to turn the game on its head. However, first-half strikes from Ndombele,Kane and Son – before a late Dier own goal pulled one back for the hosts – ensured we completed our comeback and came away with all three points.

We are all pleased that Kane was able to break his Premier League duck, and will hope that the striker can now put a solid goal scoring run of form together in the weeks to come. Kane himself will be hoping he can pick up from where he left off in the Europa Conference League, after scoring the competition's first ever hat-trick in our 5-1 thrashing of NS Mura last month.

We and Vitesse have never played against each other in a competitive fixture before, though our last visit to the Netherlands was certainly memorable, as Moura scored a dramatic 96th minute winner to complete his hat-trick and secure a 3-2 triumph in the Champions League semi-finals. A repeat of that success, and by a more comfortable margin, is to be expected on Thursday as we aim to maintain our place at the summit of Group G.

After claiming an impressive 2-1 victory against Feyenoord before the international break, Vitesse secured another three points away against NEC, who they beat 1-0 last weekend. Nikolai Frederiksen scored the only goal of the game and his fourth of the campaign to help Vitas claim their third victory in their last four league matches. That result has moved Thomas Letsch’s side up to sixth in the Eredivisie standings after nine games, six points behind league leaders Ajax.

Vitesse now turn their attention to Thursday's difficult task against us on home soil, where they will be hoping to cause an upset and return to winning ways in Group G, following their 2-1 defeat to Rennes in their last group match.

In recent years, Vitas have had several players on loan from our rivals Chelsea due to the affiliation between the two clubs. However this campaign, they have no players from Stamford Bridge on their books so cannot rely on temporary talent to get one over us on this occasion. Success in midweek is unlikely for the hosts, but should not be ruled out, especially if we are to make several changes to our starting lineup.

Team News

Vitesse will still be without goalkeeper Daan Reiziger due to a shoulder injury, though they will be able to welcome back midfielder Oussama Tannane, who was suspended for their last league game.

Letsch is expected to stick with a 3-4-3 formation, which will likely see Eli Dasa and Maximilian Wittek keep their places in the side as wing-backs. Frederiksen, who joined from Juventus over the summer, is set to keep his place in the side and could join Lois Openda and Oussama Darfalou in attack.

As for us, Santo is expected to freshen up our first XI after not making a single substitution in the win against Newcastle last weekend. We will be without winger Sessegnon, who continues to recover from a hamstring injury, while right-back Matt Doherty is suffering with a knock.

Goalkeeper Gollini may be handed a start between the sticks ahead of first-choice stopper Lloris, while defenders Tanganga, Sanchez and Davies could all be brought into the back four at the expense of Royal, Romero and Reguilon.

Winks will be hoping he can force his way into the starting lineup ahead of either Hojbjerg or Skipp, while Alli, Lo Celso and Gil are all expected to feature, which could mean Son, Moura and Ndombele begin as substitutes.

Head-to-Head

This is the first competitive game that we will be playing each other.
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