Ventspils vs Vitoria Guimaraes
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 18:45 CET
Six different players scored Ventspils’ six goals against Gzira United in the second qualifying round. Just like in the first one, against Teuta Durres, the Latvians… took care of things in the first leg, at home, winning 4-0. Last week, they went super close to winning in Malta as well, but the hosts equalized 2-2 in added time. Igors Klosovs, Ventspils’ coach, told reporters after the game in Malta that draw was a fair result. He admitted that heat was an issue for his players, who are not used to playing in such conditions. Also, the grass was artificial, another problem for Ventspils, at least according to their coach. No game for them last weekend in their championship, their match got postponed so they could focus 100% on this Europa League qualifier.
Vitoria Guimaraes have been showing good signs at the start of the season. Their first official game was two weeks ago, when they beat Jeunesse Esch in Luxembourg, even thanks to an added-time goal. They looked much better last week, when they beat the same team 4-0 at home. Over the weekend, they qualified for the next Portugal League Cup round, beating Feirense, despite the fact that they spent a good part of the game with 10 men on the field. Ivo Vieira has already given game time to several players, and after the win at Feirense he looked very pleased with how eager everyone has looked thus far to show things. Guimaraes’ two rivals these last two weeks were not the strongest possible teams, but three clean sheets in a row is definitely a good sign for Vieira.
Previous five matches:
Gzira United vs Ventspils 2-2
Ventspils vs Daugavpils 3-0
Ventspils vs Gzira United 4-0
Ventspils vs Valmiera / BSS 2-2
Teuta Durres vs Ventspils 1-0
Feirense vs Vitoria Guimaraes 0-1
Vitoria Guimaraes vs Jeunesse Esch 4-0
Jeunesse Esch vs Vitoria Guimaraes 0-1
Rio Ave vs Vitoria Guimaraes 0-1
Vitoria Guimaraes vs Famalicao 5-2
Ventspils’ next game is the return leg of this tie. Guimaraes are visiting Rio Ave on Sunday (Portugal championship).
Ventspils vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Ventspils vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Prediction
The Portuguese are considered favorites to win, something I agree with.
Ventspils vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Betting Tips
Guimaraes’ win is at 1.75. Combined with “under 3.5 goals it goes up to 2.30. Even “Guimaraes and under 2.5 goals” looks good to me, at 3.65.