Petrolul is playing for the first time in the qualifiers for a European cup, but so far they had no problem in advancing to the next stage. This is the toughest test for the Romanians who will face Vitesse at home, a Dutch team that has played in plenty of Europa League qualifiers over the last decade.
Bet: Petrolul Asian Handicap 0:0
Odds: Betfair 1.75
Petrolul cruised past Faroe Islands’ Vikingur in the previous round and scored seven goals without conceding one, but that was hardly a tough opponent. On the bright side, the Romanians won three consecutive games without conceding a goal and are taking these qualifiers very seriously. The best proof is that they chose to rest some of the veterans on Monday despite facing a highly competitive team in the domestic championship. They have no fitness concerns and will start with Younes, Grozav and Mustivar in the offense, with coach Contra fielding a rather offensive 4-3-3 starting formation.
Vitesse is the more experienced team but they lost four out of the last five games, including two friendly games against Lierse and Leverkusen. After conceding four goals without scoring in the last match, it is expected for coach Bosz to shift into a defensive gear and use a single striker. The Dutch team can advance to the next stage by winning the second leg, but in order to do so they need to avoid losing by two goals or more in Romania.
Once again bookmakers are choosing experience over form and credit Vitesse with the first chance to prevail. Betfair offers the best odds for Petrolul to win with the cover of a 0:0 Asian handicap which will return the odds if the game ends in a draw.