Sports Innovation previews the KNVB Cup semi-final between AZ Alkmaar and Ajax and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
Ajax will go up against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday for a KNVB Cup semi-final clash.
Whoever wins the match at the AFAS Stadion will book a spot in the final against PSV Eindhoven, who defeated Go Ahead Eagles 2-1 in their respective semi-final tie on Wednesday.
AZ Alkmaar will be confident they can find the back of the net for their next assignment in the KNVB Cup, as they show off very admirable numbers from their past 10 matches. The hosts scored 2.5 goals on average per match, or 25 goals in total, while allowing 9 goals against them, for an average of 0.9 per outing. They managed 5 clean sheets along the way.
Ajax are brimming with confidence with extraordinarily good stats from their last 10 matches. Erik ten Hag’s side managed a massive 3.4 goals a game, scoring 34 times while allowing a scarcely noticeable 8 goals against them. That is an impressively low 0.8 per game, with a clean sheet in 6 of the matches.
Facts and figures for AZ Alkmaar vs Ajax in KNVB Cup.
- Ajax have won their last 8 games
- Ajax have scored 4 or more goals in their last 3 games
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Ajax’s last 6 games
- AZ Alkmaar have won their last 3 games
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in AZ Alkmaar’s last 3 games
- AZ Alkmaar have scored 2 or more goals in their last 3 matches
Current form — AZ Alkmaar vs Ajax
AZ Alkmaar have really been enjoying their football in their previous 3 matches, which started off with a 1-4 win against Go Ahead Eagles. They went on to beat Heracles by 2-1, before also getting the better of Feyenoord in a 2-1 victory.
Ajax have seen it all in their last 3 matches, which brought home 4 points. They claimed a 0-1 win against Willem II, before drawing 2-2 with Benfica. This little streak came to an end, when Go Ahead Eagles proved too strong in a 2-1 defeat for Ajax.
How do the bookies view it?
On paper, Ajax are the favorites at odds of 1.63, depending on your preferred betting strategy. The home win currently settles at 4.75, should AZ Alkmaar manage to snatch a spot in the final instead. A draw for each team ramps up an accumulator with odds of 3.80.
AZ Alkmaar vs Ajax – Fixture History
The last match between these teams in the KNVB Cup was a close affair with Ajax taking a small 1-0 victory.
In the last 6 meetings of these teams in the competition, the opponents played on an equal footing. Ajax won four times, while AZ Alkmaar won twice. Under 2.5 goals paid out as the winning bet three times, and Ajax won the last two meetings 1-0.
Ahead of their latest KNVB Cup match, both AZ Alkmaar and Ajax will be looking for their main strikers. Accordingly, we have listed some of the in-form players who are expected to be getting it on for each team this season.