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The Eredivisie match at Stadion Galgenwaard on Wednesday will see home side FC Utrecht take to the field against opponents AZ.
Scroll down to see all of the predictions, poll and statistics for FC Utrecht v AZ - as well as the best betting odds.
FC Utrecht will play in this game coming off the back of a 1-1 Eredivisie drawn result against FC Zwolle.
In that match, FC Utrecht managed 39% possession and 15 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. The scorer for FC Utrecht was Hidde ter Avest (29'). For their opponents, FC Zwolle had 17 shots on goal with 7 on target. Daishawn Redan (73') scored for FC Zwolle.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times where FC Utrecht have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that FC Utrecht have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 8 goals along the way. Even so, time will tell if such a trend shall be maintained in this game.
Coming into this clash, FC Utrecht have not been beaten in their last 2 home league matches.
In their last fixture, AZ drew 2-2 in the Eredivisie match with Ajax.
For AZ, the goalscorers were Vangelis Pavlidis (62') and Håkon Evjen (75'). Brian Brobbey (42') and Edson Álvarez (86') scored for Ajax.
In as many as 5 out of the previous 6 games featuring AZ, three or more goals have gone in. The overall average goals scored per game during that time is 3.33, with the average number of goals for AZ working out to 1.83.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that AZ:
- haven't been beaten by FC Utrecht when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 league games.
- are without a win away from home in their last 3 league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 20/10/2018 tells us that FC Utrecht have won 2 of these games and AZ 3, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 1.
A sum of 20 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 6 for Utreg and 14 netted by AZ. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.33.
The last league clash featuring these sides was Eredivisie match day 9 on 17/10/2021 which finished with the scoreline of AZ 5-1 FC Utrecht.
On that day, AZ managed 51% possession and 10 shots on goal with 7 on target. The goals were scored by Vangelis Pavlidis (6'), Jesper Karlsson (12'), Dani de Wit (39', 56') and Albert Guðmundsson (86').
FC Utrecht got 8 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Quinten Timber (90') scored.
The referee was Kevin Blom.
Team News: FC Utrecht
Fabian de Keijzer (Unknown Injury), Christopher Mamengi (Knee Injury), Tommy St. Jago (Knee Injury), Henk Veerman (Ankle Injury), Naoki Maeda (Ankle Fracture) and Bart Ramselaar (Knee Injury) will be missing for FC Utrecht manager Rick Kruys.
It looks as if Utreg should go for a 4-2-3-1 formation for the game and select Eric Oelschlaegel, Hidde ter Avest, Mike van der Hoorn, Willem Janssen, D. van der, Adam Maher, Joris van Overeem, Quinten Timber, Simon Gustafson, Sander van de Streek and Anastasios Douvikas.
Team News: AZ
AZ manager Pascal Jansen has some current player fitness concerns. Jelle Duin (Surgery) and Jeremy Helmer (Leg Injury) are not ready for selection. Jordy Clasie will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
We are inclined to think that AZ will likely play in a 4-2-3-1 formation using Peter Vindahl Jensen, Yukinari Sugawara, Pantelis Hatzidiakos, Bruno Martins Indi, Owen Wijndal, Fredrik Midtsjoe, Tijani Reijnders, Haakon Evjen, Dani de Wit, Jesper Karlsson and Evangelos Pavlidis.
Our feeling is that FC Utrecht may not find it easy to score goals against this AZ team who we reckon will score & stay on top.
That’s why our selection here is for a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 winning score for AZ at full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Galgenwaard (23,750)
Captain: Willem Janssen
Chairman: Pieter Leyssius
Manager: Rick Kruys
Competitions: Eredivisie position 7
🔑 Star Man: Moussa Sylla
Regularly deployed in the Right Wing position, Moussa Sylla was born in Étampes, France. Having made his senior debut playing for Monaco in the 2017 - 2018 season, the talented Forward has got 6 league goals in the Eredivisie 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 24 appearances.