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AZ take on visiting rivals Sparta Rotterdam at AFAS Stadion in this Eredivisie meeting on Sunday.
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AZ are hoping to win again after their last result, the 0-2 Eredivisie victory vs Vitesse.
The only scorer from AZ was Vangelis Pavlidis (49', 64').
AZ haven’t been able to stop scoring goals, hitting the target in one hundred percent of their last 6 games.
They’ve totted up the amount of 16 during that period while also conceding a total of 6.
In their last game, Sparta Rotterdam drew 1-1 in the Eredivisie match with NEC.
The only name on the scoresheet from Sparta Rotterdam was Joshua Kitolano (81'). Dirk Proper (56') was the scorer for NEC.
The stats tell the story, and Sparta Rotterdam have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 7 goals in total. Defensively, Sparta Rotterdam have not been doing too well. Such a pattern isn’t assured to be continued into this game, however.
Coming into this contest, Sparta Rotterdam are unbeaten in their last 3 away league matches.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head to head clashes going back to 04/10/2020 shows us that AZ have won 3 of these games and Sparta Rotterdam 1, with the number of drawn results standing at 2.
Those games weren’t short on goals, either, with 22 overall which averages out at 3.67 goals per match.
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was Eredivisie match day 28 on 08/04/2023 when it finished AZ 0-1 Sparta Rotterdam.
The match was refereed by Danny Makkelie.
Team News: AZ
It’s our opinion that AZ could make use of the 4-2-3-1 system for this game, handing starts to Mathew Ryan, Yukinari Sugawara, Riechedly Bazoer, Alexandre Penetra, David Moeller Wolfe, Sven Mijnans, Jordy Clasie, Ernest Poku, Dani de Wit, Myron van Brederode and Evangelos Pavlidis.
Team News: Sparta Rotterdam
From a largely healthy squad, there is only the lone fitness worry for the Sparta Rotterdam boss Jeroen Rijsdijk to be concerned about. Mike Eerdhuijzen (Groin Injury) won’t be playing here.
It’s our belief that Kasteelheren appear most likely to begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation, giving starts to Nick Olij, Said Bakari, Bart Vriends, Tijs Velthuis, Django Warmerdam, Joshua Kitolano, Jonathan de Guzman, Camiel Neghli, Arno Verschueren, Koki Saito and Tobias Lauritsen.
In our opinion, AZ will probably dominate on the ball and be rewarded with decent chances.
At the other end, Sparta Rotterdam won’t find it easy to score themselves although we do think it’s probable that they will be scoring here.
We’re therefore expecting to see a fairly comfortable 3-1 win 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: AFAS Stadion (19,478)
Captain: Bruno Martins Indi
Chairman: René Neelissen
Manager: Pascal Jansen
Competitions: Eredivisie position 1, Conference League Qualifiers (Play Off Round), Conference League (Group E)
⭐ Star Player: Dani de Wit
Typically used in 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 talented Midfielder has contributed 2 league goals in this Eredivisie 2023 - 2024 season to date from a total of 3 appearances.