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AZ host visiting side Ajax at AFAS Stadion in the Eredivisie meeting on Sunday.
Our AZ v Ajax tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below (plus the best game odds).
AZ will play in this fixture coming off the back of a 1-1 Eredivisie drawn match against Sparta Rotterdam.
In that game, AZ managed 55% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for AZ was Vangelis Pavlidis (48'). For their opponents, Sparta Rotterdam had 13 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Vito van Crooij (94') was the scorer for Sparta Rotterdam.
AZ haven’t had any problems with scoring, finding the back of the net in each and every one of their last 6 games.
They’ve managed to rack up 11 during that period and have conceded a total of 9. That kind of trend might not follow through into this next game, however.
Going into this one, AZ have not been beaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
Ajax will go into this match following a 3-0 Eredivisie win with the eclipse of FC Zwolle in their last fixture.
In that match, Ajax managed 63% possession and 20 shots at goal with 9 of them on target. For Ajax, the goalscorers were Dušan Tadić (30') and Davy Klaassen (51', 80'). FC Zwolle got 10 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
In their last 6 outings, Ajax have bagged a total of 13 goals. Ajax have additionally got on the scoresheet on each one of those occasions. In that time, they’ve seen 6 goals scored by their opponents.
Coming into this meeting, Ajax are unbeaten in their previous 3 away league matches.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 01/03/2020 shows that AZ have won 2 of these and Ajax 4, with the tally of drawn games standing at 0.
An aggregate of 13 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 4 for AZ and 9 coming from de Godenzonen. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.17.
Team News: AZ
Jeremy Helmer (Leg Injury) and Jelle Duin (Surgery) are not available for AZ boss Pascal Jansen.
Team News: Ajax
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Lisandro Martínez (Muscle Injury), Perr Schuurs (Knock), André Onana (Groin Injury), Remko Pasveer (Fractured Finger), Ryan Gravenberch (Ankle Injury), Sean Klaiber (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Zakaria Labyad (Knee Injury), Charlie Setford (Fractured Hand) and Antony (Ankle Injury) can’t be considered.
In our view, Ajax will, in all probability, be able to create a high number of chances and successful shots on target.
Conversely, AZ may well struggle to find the back of the net but we do think that it’s more than likely that they will be being dangerous at times, too.
Our selection here is for a controlled 1-3 win for Ajax by the conclusion of the game.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: AFAS Stadion (19,500)
Captain: Owen Wijndal
Chairman: René Neelissen
Manager: Pascal Jansen
Competitions: Eredivisie position 5, Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
🔑 Key Player: Dani de Wit
Typically taking up the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Dani de Wit was born in Hoorn, Netherlands. Having made a first senior appearance for Jong Ajax in the 2016 - 2017 season, the gifted Midfielder has managed 7 league goals in the Eredivisie 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 30 appearances.