Match Preview: Vitesse 3-2 Excelsior Prediction and Betting Tips | Netherlands (Eredivisie)

Vitesse – Excelsior betting tips for today, January 18, 2019

Kick-off: 20:00 Vitesse – Excelsior
Football: Netherlands – Eredivisie
Tip: Home Win
Odds: 1.31
Bookmaker: 1xbet
Match Result: 3:2 WON!!!

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Following a long winter break, the Eredivisie returns with Friday night action at the GelreDome. Matches involving either side haven’t been short of goalmouth action, as Vitesse have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Eredivisie outings whilst the same can be said of Excelsior’s last eight.
Victory for the hosts would see them move back into the top four, for at least the next 24 hours. Vitesse should feel confident of doing so, having lost just once at home all season (W5, D2, L1). Furthermore, their current vein of home form (W4, D1) is bettered only by the top two, PSV and Ajax.
Comparably, Excelsior have failed to win three quarters of their Eredivisie away matches (W2, D1, L5) – only the bottom-two sides, Breda and Graafschap, have a worse record. However, Excelsior matches are more often than not exciting affairs, with almost three quarters of their matches this season ending with over 2.5 goals in the game (71%).
Visiting manager Adrie Poldervaart might require divine intervention for a clean sheet here; as the visitors boast the Eredivisie’s worst defence (45 goals conceded: 2.6 per match average). Furthermore, Excelsior have conceded two or more goals in seven of their last eight league outings.
Players to watch: Vitesse star Matúš Bero scored in two consecutive domestic matches leading up to the winter break; can he make it three in the Netherlands for the first time?
No Excelsior player has been directly involved in as many league goals as Ali Messaoud this season (five goals, two assists), although his last came back in November.
Stat attack: With 29 yellow cards and a league-high five reds; Vitesse are the worst-disciplined side in the Eredivisie based on ‘booking points’.
Eight of the last nine league H2Hs at the Gelredome have produced over 2.5 goals in total.
Excelsior have not beaten a side ranked higher than themselves away from home since February 2018 (0-1 vs Heerenveen).

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