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The Eredivisie meeting at AFAS Stadion on Saturday sees home side AZ lock horns with opponents FC Zwolle.
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AZ will be wanting a better result here following the 2-0 UCL Qualifiers defeat in their last game at the hands of Dynamo Kyiv.
A recurring characteristic of recent AZ games is seeing a zero in the scoreline.
From their prior six clashes before this one, in as many as 5 of them a wager on "Both Teams to Score" would have been a losing one.
Their prior results show that AZ:
- haven't lost in the league to FC Zwolle in their previous 9 games. Quite a long unbeaten run against them.
- are unbeaten in their previous 3 league matches at home.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of Feyenoord in Eredivisie action, FC Zwolle will be aiming to make amends here.
Steven Berghuis (5', 68') was the scorer for Feyenoord.
Showing their partiality to fruitful matches, goals have been celebrated 20 times in the prior six games in which FC Zwolle have taken to the field, giving an average of 3.33 goals per fixture. Opposition teams have managed 12 from this total. Having said that, we must now wait to see if that pattern shall continue on in this next match.
Coming into this contest, FC Zwolle are without an away win for the past 5 league games.
Head to head
Checking on their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 12/12/2017 shows us that AZ have won 3 of these & FC Zwolle 0, with the number of draws being 3.
A combined sum of 17 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 14 of them for AZ and 3 created by Blauwvingers. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.83.
The previous league fixture featuring these clubs was Eredivisie match day 24 on 23/02/2020 when it finished AZ 2-0 FC Zwolle.
The match was refereed by Jochem Kamphuis.
Team News: AZ
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just the lone fitness concern for the AZ boss Arne Slot to be concerned with from an otherwise complete set of players. Jeremy Helmer (Leg Injury) won’t play.
It seems likely that AZ could make use of the 4-3-3 formation for this one, handing starts to Marco Bizot, Owen Wijndal, Teun Koopmeiners, Ron Vlaar, Jonas Svensson, Jordy Clasie, Dani de Wit, Fredrik Midtsjø, Albert Gudmundsson, Myron Boadu and Calvin Stengs.
Team News: FC Zwolle
With a fully healthy group to pick from, FC Zwolle manager John Stegeman doesn’t have any fitness worries to report ahead of this game.
From our viewpoint, Blauwvingers could decide to make use of a 4-3-3 formation, starting the game with Michael Zetterer, Sai van Wermeskerken, Sam Kersten, Bram van Polen, Kenneth Paal, Jesper Drost, Thomas Lam, Dean Huiberts, Clint Leemans, Reza Ghoochannejhad and Mike van Duinen.
In this game, FC Zwolle will likely create enough chances to get a goal against this AZ lineup, however that is unlikely to prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We reckon that it will be a close game with a 2-1 winning margin for AZ when all is said and done. It will be interesting to see how this one goes.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: AFAS Stadion (17,023)
Captain: Teun Koopmeiners
Chairman: René Neelissen
Manager: Arne Slot
Competitions: Eredivisie position 9, Champ Lge Qual. (3rd Qual)