Ace Football previews the Eredivisie clash between AZ Alkmaar and Vitesse and offers team stats, fixture history, betting tips and the latest odds.
AFAS Stadion plays host to the second leg of Sunday’s playoff final in the Eredivisie. The bookmakers favor AZ Alkmaar to convert home advantage into a victory, but it’s Vitesse who lead the tie 2-1 on aggregate following Thursday’s first leg win.
The winner of this final books a qualifying spot in the second round of next season’s Europa Conference League.
Position in the Eredivisie standings: AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse
The two teams finished one spot and 10 points apart in the Eredivisie standings during the regular season. AZ Alkmaar came out on top, finishing up in fifth place with 61 points from 34 matches. Vitesse ended the campaign in sixth.
Current form and fixture history of AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse
Cheeseheads hope to bounce back
It is all or nothing with AZ Alkmaar at the moment, and sadly for them, it has been more “nothing” than “all”. They first went down 3-2 in an encounter with SC Heerenveen, to which they replied by besting the same team 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final playoff tie. Their latest encounter once again had them on the losing side, when they lost 2-1 against Vitesse.
Visitors in decent form
Vitesse look back on their last 3 matches with 2 wins to show for their efforts. Against FC Utrecht, they were left empty-handed in a 3-1 defeat, but they avenged themselves by beating the same team 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final playoff tie. They followed that up with a 2-1 win against AZ Alkmaar in their most recent outing.
Fixture history: AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse
AZ Alkmaar took a knock when Vitesse handed them a 2-1 defeat in their last Eredivisie encounter. The former did win the reverse match though, as they secured 3 points to their name by claiming a 3-1 win.
Highlights from the last match between AZ Alkmaar and Vitesse:
Betting stats and facts for AZ Alkmaar and Vitesse
Here are some facts that could come in handy when placing bets on the upcoming game between AZ Alkmaar and Vitesse. The facts are based on stats from the recent games that the teams played out across all tournaments.
- AZ Alkmaar have scored in the last 11 matches in a row
- In 5 of the last 6 home matches AZ Alkmaar played, both teams scored
- In 7 of the last 9 away matches Vitesse played, both teams scored
- In 5 of the last 6 matches Vitesse played, both teams scored
- Vitesse have not won 9 of the last 11 away matches
- AZ Alkmaar have not lost the last 11 home matches versus Vitesse in a row
- In 9 of the last 11 matches AZ Alkmaar versus Vitesse played, both teams scored
- In 9 of the last 11 AZ Alkmaar matches versus Vitesse the sum of goals was over 2.5
Players to zoom in on in AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse
It is difficult to look past Evangelos Pavlidis, when on the search for a marksman. He seems to be on a strong run as he hit the target 4 times in his last 6 games for AZ Alkmaar. Ikoma Lois Openda has managed to score 4 times in the last half dozen matches for Vitesse. It is probably safe to say that they will both be looking to add to their total here once again.
Best betting tips: AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse
To sum up, the upcoming Eredivisie clash seems to be a good opportunity to place some bets. Taking into account the statements from above, we have come up with the main prediction for this match as well as some alternative betting tips.