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Jong AZ will arrive at SolarUnie Stadion on Friday for the Eerste Divisie meeting with hosts Helmond Sport.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Helmond Sport v Jong AZ game - along with the latest match odds.
Helmond Sport are hoping to win again following the 0-3 Eerste Divisie victory vs Excelsior.
In that game, Helmond Sport managed 42% possession and 16 shots on goal with 8 on target. For Helmond Sport, the goalscorers were Dean van der Sluys (58'), Jordy Thomassen (86') and Arno Van Keilegom (89'). Excelsior got 11 shots on goal with 6 of them on target.
Fixtures featuring Helmond Sport have usually been lively affairs lately with a lot of goalmouth action being a real hallmark. Over their past 6 games alone, the sum of 25 goals have been scored for both sides combined (at an average of 4.17 goals per game) with 10 of those accredited to Helmond.
Heading into this fixture, Helmond Sport have not registered a win against Jong AZ in their last 4 league games.
Following on from a losing effort in their last game against Jong PSV in Eerste Divisie competition, Jong AZ and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Jong AZ had 48% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 2 on target. At the other end, Jong PSV got 9 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Fodé Fofana (43'), Mathias Kjølø (45') and Kristófer Ingi Kristinsson (80') scored for Jong PSV.
The numbers tell their own story, and Jong AZ have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 14 goals in total. At the back, Jong AZ have clearly had some problems. That aside, we will just have to wait and see whether the trend might be maintained in this match.
Going into this contest, Jong AZ have not won away from home in their last 5 league games.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings going back to 16/10/2017, both clubs have shared the honours with Helmond Sport winning 2 of those games, Jong AZ 2 and 2 being draws in regulation time.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 24 in all at an average of 4 goals per meeting.
The previous league match featuring these sides was Eerste Divisie match day 17 on 18/12/2020 when it ended Jong AZ 2-2 Helmond Sport.
The match was refereed by Robin Gansner.
Team News: Helmond Sport
Maxime De Bie (Shinbone injury), Jessy Hendrikx (Knock), Gaétan Bosiers (Knock), Dani Theunissen (Cruciate Ligament Injury) and Kay van de Vorst (Metatarsal Fracture) won’t be available for Helmond boss Wil Boessen.
Team News: Jong AZ
With a completely injury-free squad available to choose from, Jong AZ manager Michel Vonk has zero fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match.
It looks to us that Helmond Sport have it within them to dominate on the ball and be rewarded with decent chances.
Conversely, Jong AZ may well struggle to make a breakthrough - but, we do see them being dangerous at times.
Our tip is for a 3-1 margin for Helmond Sport when all’s said and done.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: SolarUnie Stadion (4,200)
Captain: Jeff Stans
Chairman: Leon Vlemmings
Manager: Wil Boessen
Competitions: Eerste Divisie position 11
🔑 Star Man: Arno Van Keilegom
Normally taking up the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Arno Van Keilegom was born in Belgium. Having played his first senior match for Helmond Sport in the 2020 - 2021 season, the dangerous Midfielder has accumulated 7 league goals in this Eerste Divisie 2020 - 2021 season to date in 27 appearances.