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The Eredivisie fixture at AFAS Stadion on Saturday will see home side AZ welcome guests Sparta Rotterdam.
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AZ are hoping to win again after their last result, a 0-1 Eredivisie success versus Willem II.
In that match, AZ had 57% possession and 5 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. The only player to score for AZ was Albert Guðmundsson (72'). For their opponents, Willem II had 12 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
AZ haven’t been able to stop scoring goals, finding the back of the net every time they’ve gone out to play in their last 6 matches.
They have totted up the amount of 16 during that period while also conceding a total of 6.
Looking at the pre-match facts, AZ:
- haven't beaten Sparta Rotterdam in their previous 2 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their last 4 home league matches.
Sparta Rotterdam come into this clash following a 3-2 Eredivisie win with the downing of FC Zwolle in their last fixture.
In that match, Sparta Rotterdam had 43% possession and 18 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. For Sparta Rotterdam, the goals were scored by Mica Pinto (7') and Lennart Thy (75', 93'). For their opponents, FC Zwolle had 18 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Bram van Polen (52') and Slobodan Tedić (63') scored for FC Zwolle.
Over the course of 5 of the previous 6 clashes featuring Sparta Rotterdam, a notably low volume of goals have been scored between them and opposing teams. The overall average goals scored per game within that spell is a meagre 2.33, with the average goals for Kasteelheren equalling 1.33. Putting that to one side, it remains to be seen whether such a trend shall be sustained in this next match or not.
Heading into this fixture, Sparta Rotterdam are undefeated in their last 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head meetings dating back to 21/01/2017 tells us that AZ have won 3 of them and Sparta Rotterdam 1, with the tally of draws being 2.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 24 in all which averages out at 4 goals per match.
The previous league encounter featuring the two was Eredivisie match day 4 on 04/10/2020 when the final score was Sparta Rotterdam 4-4 AZ.
The referee was Danny Makkelie.
Team News: AZ
Calvin Stengs (Knee Injury), Pantelis Chatzidiakos (Knee Injury) and Jeremy Helmer (Leg Injury) will be missing for AZ manager Pascal Jansen.
Team News: Sparta Rotterdam
Due to a mostly available group of players, there’s just the one fitness worry for the Sparta Rotterdam manager Henk Fräser to contend with. Bart Vriends (Unknown Injury) won’t be in action.
We envisage that Sparta Rotterdam will surely be able to get a goal against this AZ lineup, although it probably won’t quite be enough to prevent defeat.
We’re expecting a 2-1 winning score for AZ after 90 minutes. It really should be an interesting one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: AFAS Stadion (17,023)
Captain: Teun Koopmeiners
Chairman: René Neelissen
Manager: Pascal Jansen
Competitions: Eredivisie position 3
🔑 Star Player: Teun Koopmeiners
Regularly playing in the Centre Midfield position, Teun Koopmeiners was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Having played his first senior match for Jong AZ in the 2017 - 2018 season, the accomplished Midfielder has contributed 15 league goals in this Eredivisie 2020 - 2021 season to date from a total of 28 appearances.