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AZ visit Koning Willem II Stadion on Saturday for the Eredivisie game with home side Willem II.
Our Willem II v AZ predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (plus the best game odds).
Willem II will play in this game following a 0-0 Eredivisie drawn game versus Vitesse.
In that match, Willem II managed 31% possession and 10 shots on goal with 4 on target. Vitesse got 12 shots on goal with 4 of them on target.
Željko Petrović's Willem II have hit the back of the net a sum total of 7 times over their preceding six outings. At the other end, the tally of goals that they have conceded in that time stands at 9.
Going into this contest, Willem II have not been beaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
AZ will go into this clash following a 2-0 Eredivisie win against PSV Eindhoven in their most recent game.
In that game, AZ managed 48% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. For AZ, the scorers were Jesper Karlsson (4') and Teun Koopmeiners (68'). At the other end, PSV Eindhoven got 15 shots on goal with 4 of them on target.
Illustrating their fondness for eventful encounters, goals have been celebrated 25 times in the previous six games in which AZ have taken to the pitch, making it an average of 4.17 goals for each fixture. Their opponents have hit 7 from this total. That sort of pattern isn’t assured to follow through into this next game, of course.
Coming into this clash, AZ have left without a victory over Willem II when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
Head to head
A review of their prior head to head clashes going back to 28/01/2018 shows us that Willem II have won 3 of these & AZ 2, with the number of draws being 1.
A total of 21 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 11 of them from Tricolores and 10 created by AZ. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.5.
The last league clash between these clubs was Eredivisie match day 13 on 20/12/2020 which finished with the scoreline of AZ 5-3 Willem II.
The referee was Dennis Higler.
Team News: Willem II
Robbin Ruiter (Thigh Problems), Driess Saddiki (Thigh Problems), Freek Heerkens (Thigh Problems), Jan-Arie van der Heijden (Unknown Injury), Elton Kabangu (Fitness) and Miquel Nelom (Knee Surgery) will not be taking part for Willem II boss Željko Petrović.
Team News: AZ
AZ boss Pascal Jansen has some current player fitness concerns. Jeremy Helmer (Leg Injury) and Pantelis Chatzidiakos (Knee Injury) will not be playing here.
In our opinion, Willem II have the capability to breach the defence of this AZ team, but one goal isn’t likely to be enough to avoid defeat.
Our selection here is for a 1-2 winning score for AZ at full-time. Hopefully this is a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Koning Willem II Stadion (14,500)
Captain: Jordens Peters
Chairman: Jack Buckens
Manager: Željko Petrović
Competitions: Eredivisie position 15
🔑 Star Player: Kwasi Okyere Wriedt
Typically deployed in the Striker position, Kwasi Okyere Wriedt was born in Hamburg, Germany. After having played his first senior match for Osnabruck in the 2016 - 2017 season, the gifted Forward has scored a sum of 6 league goals in the Eredivisie 2020 - 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 17 appearances.