Vitesse Arnhem host Rapid Vienna in the second leg of their Europa Conference League tie, looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit. Kick off is at 8:00 p.m.
Vitesse got off to a poor start in Austria last week and they lost 2-0 in the opening 15 minutes. However, Vitesse grew in the game and a Lois Openda goal gives them hope ahead of the second leg.
This weekend, Vitesse battled to a 1-1 draw at Utrecht, but they have now gone six games without a win. This will have to change if they want to continue their European campaign.
Rapid Vienna returned to the league with a 2-2 draw against Sturm Graz at the weekend.
Vitesse Arnhem are still without star centre-back Riechedly Bazoer for the second leg and Openda will also be out through suspension. Thomas Letsch must now decide whether to start with Adrian Grbic after he was sent off at the weekend.
Possible speed composition: Houwen, Dasa, Wittek, Doekhi, Rasmussen, Oroz, Tronstad, Bero, Domgjoni, Frederiksen, Grbic
After scoring in the first leg, Ferdy Druijf is set to retain his place in the starting XI, but Filip Stojkovic is suspended after being sent off last week.
Possible composition of Rapid Vienna: Gartler; Moormann, Aiwu, Wimmer, Auer; Grahovac, Ljubicic; Kitagawa, Demir, Grull; Druijf
Speed 73/100 Draw 14/5 Rapid Vienna 15/4
Can Vitesse turn the tide in Arnhem?
Vitesse Arnhem have been in rotten form recently and the signs are not good ahead of the draw with Rapid Vienna, especially with key players Bazoer and Openda both out. However, Vitesse still have a good chance of progressing and they have raised their game at home in Europe this season.
Openda’s goal last week was crucial and it gives Thomas Letsch hope his side can turn the tide at home. It remains to be seen if Grbic can step up and score the goals needed to progress.
It’s been a great European campaign for Vitesse so far and I hope it continues on Thursday.