The Eerste Divisie clash at AFAS Stadion on Monday will see home side Jong AZ playing Jong Ajax.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Jong AZ v Jong Ajax are shown on this page including the latest game odds.
Jong AZ will be hoping to return to winning ways here following a 1-0 Eerste Divisie losing effort in their last game against NAC Breda.
In that game, Jong AZ managed 58% possession and 4 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. For their opponents, NAC Breda had 12 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Danny Bakker (24') was the scorer for NAC Breda.
It’s not been often in recent times where Jong AZ have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Jong AZ have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 7 goals on the way. That kind of trend won’t necessarily be sustained into this next game, of course.
Jong Ajax will go into the encounter after a 3-1 Eerste Divisie win to beat Jong Utrecht in their most recent outing.
In that match, Jong Ajax had 61% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. For Jong Ajax, the scorers were Naci Ünüvar (25', 77') and Terrence Douglas (88'). On the other side, Jong Utrecht had 12 shots at goal with 4 on target. Remco Balk (12') scored for Jong Utrecht.
Jong Ajax have been good when going forward leading up to this encounter, scoring 18 times in their previous 6 matches. While their manager John Heitinga will no doubt take that as a positive sign, Jong Ajax have been somewhat leaky at the back, having also been scored against in 6 of those same matches.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head to head meetings stretching back to 25/03/2018 shows us that Jong AZ have won 3 of them & Jong Ajax 2, with the number of draws standing at 1.
A combined total of 17 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 9 of them for Jong AZ and 8 coming from Jong Ajax. That’s an average goals per game of 2.83.
The last league fixture between these clubs was Eerste Divisie match day 30 on 15/03/2021 when the final score was Jong AZ 2-1 Jong Ajax.
The match was refereed by Marc Nagtegaal.
Team News: Jong AZ
The Jong AZ manager Maarten Martens will be grateful to have no fitness concerns at all before this clash thanks to a fully healthy group to choose from.
Team News: Jong Ajax
Thanks to a completely injury-free group available to select from, the Jong Ajax boss John Heitinga does not have any fitness worries whatsoever coming into this clash.
Jong Ajax will, in all probability, be able to create a high number of chances and successful shots on target.
In contrast, Jong AZ could well find it tough to make a breakthrough but we do think that it’s more than likely that they will be getting enough chances to score, too.
Our selection here is for a comfortable 1-3 winning score for Jong Ajax when the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: AFAS Stadion (19,400)
Chairman: René Neelissen
Manager: Maarten Martens
Competitions: Eerste Divisie position 4
⭐ Key Player: Yusuf Barasi
Usually taking up the Striker position, Yusuf Barasi was born in Alkmaar, Netherlands. Having made a first senior appearance for Jong AZ in the 2019 - 2020 season, the accomplished Forward has scored 4 league goals in this Eerste Divisie 2021 - 2022 season so far in a total of 9 appearances.