Southampton vs Vitesse 07/30/2015 UEFA Europa League Preview and Prediction
Vitesse vs Southampton
Thursday 30th July 2015 15:05(ET)
The Line: Southampton 1/4 Draw 4/1 Vitesse 17/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport 1
One of the best games of the Europa League 3rd round will be Southampton taking on Vitesse at Saint Mary's on Thursday night. Ronald Koeman has assembled a good team at Southampton and they were terrific last season and will again fancy their chances of pushing on and competing for a Champions League spot next season in the Premier League. Southampton did lose Schneiderlein in the off season but their aquisition of Clasie should soften the blow. With most of the players still at the Saints from their side that competed so well last season, this is a side that could do really well in the Europa League. Mane, Long, Pelle will be key attackers for the Saints and given Southampton had the best defence in the league last season and lost just one of that back four, this is a side who are formidable.
Vitesse have alot of good young players including two Chelsea starlets who are on loan (Baker & Brown). Koeman will know not to take this challenge lightly though as Vitesse will come to compete on thursday and some of the players they have Nathan, Ibarra, Osman while still young have proven their quality and will love the chance to put one over on Southampton and on Koeman who managed Vitesse way back in 2000/2001.
This one should be a good game, Southampton for me though look really strong on paper and I think they are going to look to get a win here and push themselves through to the Group Stages of the competition. I am taking Southampton -1 on the handicap as I think the combination of their exciting offence and solid defence will be enough to cover the handicap.