Vitoria Guimaraes hosts Konyaspor in a match from Group I of the Europa League
Vitoria Guimaraes hosts Konyaspor in a match from Group I of the Europa League.
It’s interesting situation, because both teams have theoretical chances to progress to the next round of the competition.
Vitoria Guimaraes are currently 4th in the group with 4 points, while Konyaspor are third with 5 points. Both teams have a chance to beat Olympique Marseille for the second place, if they manage to win this match. But only if Marseille loses against Salzburg at home.
If Vitoria Guimaraes wins and Marseille lose, they will be leveled up with Marseille – both teams would have 7 points. But here Vitoria Guimaraes would have better stats in the direct matches against the French team, which would allow them to finish second and progress for the knockout stage.
The same could be said about Konyaspor. If they win in Portugal and Marseille loses against Salzburg, Konyaspor would have 8 points compared to 7 for Marseille. And this would mean progression for the Turkish side.
Of course, this is a long shot for both teams. Especially when they do not hold their destiny in their own hands. If Olympique Marseille do their job against Salzburg at the Velodrome, then what happens between Vitoria Guimaraes and Konyaspor won’t mean anything.
Of course, for Vitoria Guimaraes and Konyaspor this could be a direct match for the third place in the group. But it doesn’t mean much to be third in a group, when it means that you’re leaving the competition. It’s a matter of prestige, but it’s not much a big deal.
The first game between Vitoria Guimaraes and Konyaspor in September ended with a 2-1 win for the Turkish side. Now Vitoria Guimaraes will try to avenge the loss and finish at least third in this group. Let’s see if this is about to happen.