Vitesse vs Graafschap by Meese
Vitesse can't be fully satisfied with their start in the season, as the team currently stands at mediocre ninth position with seven points earned, three less than play-off placed Nijmegen that stands at seventh position. However, the thing they will need to improve is their performance on the road, while the team has two very convincing victories at home for now.
They won 3:0 over Roda and 4:1 against Cambuur in front of own fans, but they know that they'll need to step up and show similar performance on the road if they are to fight for European tickets this season. Out of three matches till now away from home, team only managed to get a point in a first round game against Willem II, while they suffered defeats against Feyenoord and Utrecht for now. Most recently, they suffered 2:1 defeat away to Utrecht last weekend, despite having the ball in their posession much more, they failed to be more fluid with the ball in the midfield and to use their chances properly. Utrecht was a bit more luckier and more effective, taking the victory but the impression is that the game could have easily ended as a draw as well. Anyway, coming back to their own fans, no doubt that Vitesse aims another three pointer, as they are welcoming obviously the weakest link so far in Eredivisie, team that lost all five matches and didn't look competitive in eithre of these games - Graafschap. Coach Peter Bosz continues to insist with offensive 3-4-3 formation, while he only can't count at defensive Kelvin Leerdam (2/0).
De Graafschap suffered yet another defeat last weekend, this time against another out of form side - AZ Alkmaar at home with a 1:3 result. It really now looks like the team is far away from any Eredivisie standard and that their stay in the league would be as big as a miracle at the end of the season. Biggest worry for the team is not to get stuck at the bottom of the table with big points difference between the winter transfer window comes.
As for the game, they were once again outplayed as the visitors took the lead in 13th mintue via Brezancic and looked better, but the hosts replied in 44th via Will. However, once the game has re-started, players of AZ showed their determination to wrap up the match as soon as possible and looked really better, forcing the hosts to a really passive role and managed to take all three points in easy fashion - with two goals scored within two minutes, in 63rd and 65th both via Henriksen. As said, this was their fifth consecutive defeat, as the team has scored only two goals so far and can't hope for much better future in this game, being outplayed in all three away matches so far, against sides that are surely not more quality than Vitesse - against Roda, Heerenveen and Excelsior. Right full back Thijs Bouma (4/0) is injured for this one and won't play, same as long term absentees forwards Dean Koolhof and Erik Quekel and defender Ted van de Pavert.
Vitesse at home plays perfectly serious and effective football in comparison to what de Graafschap have shown in first five rounds. Things simply can't become much easier for them all of the sudden and everything except easy victory for the home team would be a surprise here.