With a point apiece to their name – courtesy of their 1-1 draw in Belgium on matchday three – Vitesse and Zulte Waregem are both in need of victory next time out.
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Vitesse and Zulte Waregem have their work cut out to qualify from UEFA Europa League Group K, the two sides renewing acquaintance in the Netherlands two weeks after drawing 1-1 in Belgium – a result that gave both clubs their first point of the campaign.
• In the teams' first meeting it was Zulte Waregem who went ahead thanks to an own goal from Guram Kashia, before Vitesse pegged them back through Thomas Bruns four minutes later.
• Zulte Waregem had lost all three of their previous games against Dutch sides without scoring a goal – including a pair of 3-0 home defeats, by Ajax in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage and by PSV in the third qualifying round of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League (PSV also winning 2-0 in the Netherlands).
• Vitesse had won their only two previous UEFA matches against Belgian opposition without conceding: 1-0 home and away against Mechelen in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup second round.
• Both clubs have one point from three Group K games and are eight and five points, respectively, behind Lazio and Nice with three matches remaining.
• Vitesse have lost their last four European fixtures in Arnhem, most recently going down 3-2 to Lazio on matchday one.
• Zulte Waregem have a positive recent record on the road in Europe, having won four of their last seven away fixtures (D1 L2).
• Vitesse are featuring in the group stage of a UEFA competition for the first time – the reward for having won the 2016/17 Dutch Cup, their maiden major trophy.
• Zulte Waregem claimed their second Belgian Cup in 2016/17; they made it through the UEFA Cup group stage in 2006/07, but could not emulate that success in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League.
Trivia and links
• The journey from Waregem to Arnhem is around 200km, making this the shortest journey required of any competitor on matchday four.
• Zulte Waregem midfielder Onur Kaya came through the youth ranks at Vitesse and was a first-team player from 2005–10.
• Vitesse defenders Alexander Büttner (2016) and Arnold Kruiswijk (2008–10) played in Belgium with Anderlecht.
• Kruiswijk celebrates his 33rd birthday on the day of the game.
• Zulte Waregem's Timothy Derijck also has extensive Dutch experience (Feyenoord 2005–09, NAC Breda 2006, Den Haag 2009–11 and 2014–16, PSV Eindhoven 2011–14, Utrecht 2013–14).
• Zulte Waregem forward Aaron Leya Iseka misses this fixture through suspension after being booked in all of the first three group games.
• Suspended for next match if booked: Thulani Serero (Vitesse).
• Vitesse coach since 2016, leading them to their historic Dutch Cup triumph last season, Surinam-born Henk Fraser was capped seven times by the Netherlands as a defender, spending the bulk of his playing career at Feyenoord, where he was later a youth coach. He took his first senior job at Den Haag from 2014–16.
• Francky Dury's second coming as Zulte Waregem coach began in 2012, and he led them to a second Belgian Cup success last season. Zultse and – post-merger – Zulte Waregem boss from 1994–2010, he had spells with Gent and Belgium's Under-21 side prior to his return.