After Ajax already won against AZ in the cup tournament last week, Amsterdam’s team is waiting for another duel with AZ Alkmaar. Ajax can give AZ the final blow in the title fight. If AZ wins, the deficit shrinks to seven points. The bookmakers clearly indicate a favourite for this North Holland derby in advance.
Let’s have a close look on Ajax Amsterdam
Without playing very big, but due to a good field occupation and the correct way of pressing, Ajax recently eliminated AZ in the cup (0-2). What stood out at the time was Edson Alvarez’s base. The troubled midfielder cum defender, who always seems to be under the Amsterdam supporters’ magnifying glass, made a strong impression. The Mexican managed to continue that line in the following games. It is therefore expected that he will start again in the base on Sunday afternoon. He seems to have an essential role in keeping Calvin Stengs under control. Ajax’s likely line-up looks like this: Onana; Mazraoui, Timber, Blind, Martinez; Alvarez, Gravenberch, Klaassen; Antony, Haller, Tadíc.
…And what about AZ Alkmaar?
One of the weak spots during the cup match on the Alkmaar side was the right-back position. It was then filled in by Hatzidiakos. Trainer Jansen has returned from that experiment. Sugawara will again serve as the right-back against Ajax. Hatzidiakos is the heart of the defence with Martins Indi. This all because AZ Alkmaar lost in the latest midweek match from FC Utrecht. FC Utrecht namely won 0-1 in the AFAS Stadium. AZ, therefore, has double feelings of revenge. In the event of a loss, the season will fizzle out. Jansen’s team is committed to achieving a result against the leader of the Eredivisie.
Bookmaker predictions for AZ – Ajax
Not taking into account the defeat in the cup tournament, AZ works on a solid series against the traditional top three in the Eredivisie. The last six meetings with Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord were all won. It is a statistic that will strengthen AZ on Sunday in the feeling that it can beat Ajax. The most recent form of AZ Alkmaar can also cause doubts.
If you compare the home team’s form with the guests’ state, it is logical that the bookmakers show a much lower score for an Amsterdam victory than for the home team’s win. Indeed, with the match of a week and a half back in mind, Ajax has the most claim to a victory in the always windy Alkmaar.
On average, a victory of Ajax yields about 1.80 times your stake. If AZ wins, you will get around 3.80 times your stake back. The high score for the home team certainly makes it attractive to bet on an Alkmaar victory.