Vitesse welcomes Nice in a match from Group K
Vitesse welcomes Nice in a match from Group K of the UEFA Europa League.
For both teams this game doesn’t change much. Vitesse already lost their chances to progress to the knockout stage, while Nice already qualified. No matter what happens, Nice will finish second in this group. They can’t catch up Lazio on the top, because they trail on 4 points behind the Italian team.
Vitesse could eventually finish third in this group. But this could happen only if they win against Nice and in same time Zulte-Waregem losses against Lazio at home. But finishing third or fourth won’t make much of a difference for the Dutch team. Vitesse will leave the competition no matter what happens.
The Dutch team is still without a win in this group. Vitesse won its only two points so far with draws against Zulte-Waregem and Lazio. Now they will try to clinch their first win since the start of the group stage.
Nice’s record in the group so far is three wins and two defeats. The French team was in a run of two consecutive defeats in the competition, before enjoying a 3-1 win over Zulte-Waregem in the last round. Nice are a solid team and they can do very well in the competition during the knockout stages. Last season Nice were one of the top teams in the French Ligue 1. Now they are struggling to repeat their performance from the 2016/17 season, but they are still a team filled with very good players.
As for Vitesse, they would have the opportunity to concentrate entirely on their performance in the Dutch Eredivisie. Right now Vitesse are moving well in the Eredivisie and they would have the chance to return to the Europa League, if they keep their levels.