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The Eredivisie clash at AFAS Stadion on Saturday sees home team AZ doing battle with VVV-Venlo.
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AZ will play in this game following on from a 4-4 Eredivisie drawn result versus Sparta Rotterdam.
For AZ, the scorers were Zakaria Aboukhlal (9', 19') and Dani de Wit (14', 33'). Abdou Harroui (57'), Dirk Abels (64'), Lennart Thy (88') and Sven Mijnans (90') scored for Sparta Rotterdam.
It’s not been often in recent times where AZ have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that AZ have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 11 goals during that time.
Looking at the pre-match facts, AZ:
- haven't been beaten in the league by VVV-Venlo in their last 6 matches.
- are unbeaten in their previous 4 league matches at home.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against ADO Den Haag in Eredivisie competition, VVV-Venlo will be aiming to make amends here.
The only name on the scoresheet from VVV-Venlo was Giorgos Giakoumakis (5'). Shaquille Pinas (3') and David Philipp (93') scored for ADO Den Haag.
The stats don’t lie, and VVV-Venlo have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 10 goals overall. Defensively, Venlose trots seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly. That sort of pattern might not follow through into this match, though.
Coming into this fixture, VVV-Venlo have not won against AZ when they've played them away from home in the last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking at past results between these clubs going back to 25/01/2013 shows that these encounters have not been happy ones for VVV-Venlo. They have not managed to come away with any victories whatsoever while AZ have been superior, running out winners in 67% of those matches.
In all, 15 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 12 for AZ and 3 created by Venlose trots. That is an average goals per game value of 2.5.
Team News: AZ
There’s just the sole fitness concern for the AZ manager Arne Slot to be concerned with thanks to an almost full-strength group. Jeremy Helmer (Leg Injury) won’t play. Marco Bizot will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Team News: VVV-Venlo
Due to a fully injury-free group available to choose from, VVV-Venlo boss Hans de Koning doesn’t have any fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this match.
We’re inclined to think that VVV-Venlo should be able to find the net against this AZ lineup, but that might not prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We’re expecting both teams to score in a 2-1 winning margin for AZ at the end of the 90 minutes. There looks to be little in this one.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: AFAS Stadion (17,023)
Captain: Teun Koopmeiners
Chairman: René Neelissen
Manager: Arne Slot
Competitions: Eredivisie position 13, Europa League (Group F)
🔑 Key Player: Zakaria Aboukhlal
Mostly played in the Right Wing position, Zakaria Aboukhlal was born in Netherlands. After making a first senior appearance for Jong PSV in the 2018 - 2019 season, the accomplished Forward has accumulated 2 league goals in this Eredivisie 2020 - 2021 campaign so far from a total of 2 appearances.