Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
After rolling over Dundee United 7-0 in the Conference League third qualifying round, return leg, AZ Alkmaar came from behind to beat Sparta Rotterdam in the national championship. The Dutch outfit are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Gil Vicente. A man to watch in the home team will be Greece centre-forward Vangelis Pavlidis, while all Karlsson, Odgaard, and Vanheusden remain in the recovery room.
Os Galos, on the other hand, proved their worth in the double-header with Riga, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against AZ, who have been showing signs of improvement of late. As for the visiting side, all Barros, Kritsyuk, and Murilo are likely to miss the game through injuries, but they should be the only absentees in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Jordy Clasie):
Jordy Clasie is a product of the Feyenoord youth academy who plays for AZ Alkmaar as a midfielder. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is capable of producing fine displays as both central midfielder and centre-back as well.
Clasie played for the likes of Feyenoord, Excelsior (loan), Southampton, and Club Brugge (loan) before returning to Rotterdam. After ending his second spell with Feyenoord, the Dutch footballer joined AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2019. He made his AZ debut in the Eredivisie on August 4, 2019 in a 4-0 win over Fortuna Sittard.
Jordie Clasie has 12 caps with the Netherlands U21 team, and he made his senior debut in a 1-1 draw with Italy on February 6, 2013. Thanks to his elegant style of play, Clasie has earned the nickname of “Dutch Xavi”. The AZ Alkmaar midfielder was born in Haarlem, Netherlands on June 27, 1991.
Highlighted Team (Gil Vicente):
Founded in 1924, Gil Vicente are a Portuguese football club that compete in Primeira Liga. The Galos (Roosters) are well known for their red kit, but they wear white shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.
Gil Vicente have yet to win a domestic trophy, but they did well to make it to the Taca da Liga final in the 2011/2012 season. The Galos suffered a 2-1 loss to Benfica in the title game at Estadio Cidade de Coimbra. The likes of Rodrigo and Saviola scored for Benfica, with Ze Luis finding the net for Gil Vicente.
The Galos welcome their rivals at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos, the stadium which can hold up to 12,504 people. The venue was opened on May 30, 2014 and it can hold up to 12,504 people. It has to be noted that the team first secured promotion to the Portuguese elite division in 1990.