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De Graafschap vs Vitesse Predictions

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      Tip Reasoning

      Even a win this weekend for De Graafschap won’t move them out of the relegation zone, but it could move them off the bottom and above Breda. Vitesse provide the opposition on Sunday, and a win for the visitors could see them move into the top four if results elsewhere go in their favour. Twelve positions and fourteen points separate these two clubs ahead of kick-off, and the form guide suggests Vitesse are best placed to claim all three points.

      Last weekend De Graafschap suffered a huge 8-0 defeat against Ajax in Amsterdam, in a performance that saw the hosts have just 25% of the overall possession and three shots during the ninety minutes. Defender Blind and midfielder Ziyech both claimed hat tricks in this game, while Mazraoui and Tadić also helped themselves to a goal each as Ajax completely dominated their guests in what is likely to be the biggest win in the Eredivisie this season.

      Vitesse edged past lower league opponents Kozakken Boys in the KNVB Beker in midweek, claiming a 2-1 win at the Sportpark De Zwaaier in Werkendam. Bero opened the scoring in the twelfth minute for the visitors, and that goal proved enough to separate the two clubs at the half time interval. Kozakken Boys equalised in the fifty-ninth minute with their first and only shot on target from Jakoba, and appeared to have done enough to take the game into extra time until the game reached stoppage time and Ødegaard scored a dramatic winning goal for Vitesse.

      These two clubs last locked horns in 2016, where a sixteenth minute strike from Nakamba put the visitors Vitesse 1-0 up. De Graafschap responded well to going behind and levelled the scores through Vermeij five minutes before the break, and then took the lead through the very same player two minutes into the second half. Both teams were guilty of poor finishing in this game, but Vitesse managed to rescue a point in the eighty-fourth minute through Baker. Japanese full back Ota picked up his second yellow card of the match in the final minute and was given his marching orders, but there wasn’t enough time left in the game for the hosts to capitalise on their one-man advantage.

      With four wins, one draw, and one defeat from their last six matches, Vitesse head into Sunday’s game as the clear form favourites as their hosts have lost five and drawn one during that period. El Jebli and Serrarens joint top score for the hosts this season with three Eredivisie goals each, while Linssen and Matavž lead the way for Vitesse with five goals apiece.

      We’re confident that Vitesse will win and both teams will score on Sunday, and have backed the scoreline to end 3-1. Vitesse have won four of the last six matches against De Graafschap and are unbeaten in their last seven games against the hosts. De Graafschap have lost five of their last six in the Eredivisie, while Vitesse have won four of their last six in league and cup. Vitesse’s last six matches have seen both teams score, while De Graafschap have kept one clean sheet in their last six attempts.

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