Our prediction for this KNVB Cup match:
Ajax will be looking to clinch their 20th KNVB Cup title when they take on Vitesse in the decider at De Kuip. The Amsterdammers booked their place in the title game by beating the likes of Utrecht, AZ Alkmaar, PSV, and Heerenveen, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to win the match. Sebastien Haller returns to the starting line-up after missing the Europa League clash with Roma, while Blind, Mazraoui, and Stekelenburg are all likely to miss the game with injuries. Teenage defender Devyne Rensch returns from the Europa League ban.
Vitesse, on the other hand, are eyeing their second Dutch Cup trophy, but seeing that Ajax are enjoying yet another successful season, we do not believe that the Vitas are capable of spoiling the Amsterdammers’ party at De Kuip. In the previous meeting between the two teams in the KNVB Cup Ajax defeated Vitesse 3-0.
Highlighted Player (Davy Klaassen):
Davy Klaassen is a product of Ajax’s youth academy. He played for the Amsterdammers at youth level from 2004 to 2012 and he made his debut for the senior team against Olympique Lyon in the Champions League group stages. Klaassen was born on 22 February, 1993 in Hilversum, Netherlands and he plays as an attacking midfielder.
He is capable of playing as a secondary striker as well and it has to be noted that the Dutch footballer scored 13 goals in 31 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign. Klaassen has four caps for Netherlands U21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 5 March, 2014 in a friendly against France.
The Dutch midfielder scored his first goal for the national team against Spain on 31 March, 2015 and, no doubt, that was one of the brightest moments of his career. The Ajax footballer won his third Eredivisie trophy with the Amsterdammers in the 2013/2014 campaign.
Highlighted Team (Vitesse):
Nicknamed Vitas, the proud of Gelderland, Vitesse are a Dutch football club based in Arnhem. Vitesse compete in the Dutch Eredivisie and they have yet to win the national championship. However, they finished as runners-up in the Dutch elite division on five occasions (1897–98, 1902–03, 1912–13, 1913–14, 1914–15), while clinching third place in the standings in the 1997/1998 season.
Vitesse did remarkably well to win the 2016/2017 Dutch Cup title, with the team beating AZ Alkmaar in the final at De Kuip in Rotterdam. As a result, the Vitas booked their place in the Europa League group stages where they face the likes of Lazio, Nice and Zulte-Waregem.
Vitesse are well known for their yellow jerseys with black stripes, while the club’s away colour is black. GelreDome is the home ground of the Dutch team and the capacity of the venue is 21.248. It has to be noted that famous Spanish footballer Albert Ferrer was in charge of the club in the 2010/2011 season.