KIck-off: Saturday, 2 April @18:45 GMT
Venue: AFAS Stadion (Alkmaar)
Head to head record
PSV vs AZ Alkmaar 3-0 (2015/2016 Eredivisie)
AZ Alkmaar vs PSV 2-4 (2014/2015 Eredivisie)
PSV vs AZ Alkmaar 3-0 (2014/2015 Eredivisie)
PSV vs AZ Alkmaar 1-0 (2013/2014 Eredivisie)
AZ Alkmaar vs PSV 2-1 (2013/2014 Eredivisie)
AZ Alkmaar vs PSV prediction
AFAS Stadion will host the Eredivisie derby between AZ Alkmaar and PSV. The title holders aim to regain top position in the standings, but Saturday’s game against AZ will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors.
AZ impressive at home
AZ Alkmaar endured a surprisingly slow start to the season, with the team struggling to find their best form in the first half of the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign. John van den Brom’s troops, though, have been making progress week by week and they seem to be at the top of their game at the moment. The team have been producing thrilling displays at their AFAS Stadion in 2016 and it has to be noted that they are on a seven-game winning run at home ahead of the visit of PSV. However, beating the reigning champions is easier said than done and I believe that the hosts will be satisfied with one point from the game. AZ sit in fourth place in the standings and the team’s main goal is to ensure qualification for the Europa League group stages. If John van den Brom’s men continue to raise their form they will definitely book their spot in the European competition.
The likes of Fernando Lewis, Mattias Johansson, Ron Vlaar and Markus Henriksen are all sidelined with injury, while Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Stijn Wuytens are both out of contention through suspension.
Focus on Eredivisie
Despite holding star-studded Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw on two occasions, PSV eventually failed to eliminate the La Liga side in the Champions League last 16. As a result Phillip Cocu’s troops will be fully focused on Eredivisie in the remainder of the season and, no doubt, they will go for a win in Saturday’s game against AZ Alkmaar. The reigning champions suffered a heart-breaking loss to Ajax in their last league match, meaning that they are desperate to return to winning ways in the national championship. A win over AZ could see Phillip Cocu’s men regain top position in the Eredivisie standings and I believe that away win should be considered. Luuk de Jong was on international duty with Netherlands at the weekend, but the team’s top scorer is widely expected to lead the line for the title holders against AZ Alkmaar. PSV are eyeing their seventh consecutive win on the road, speaking of league games.
Simon Poulsen, Jurgen Locadia and Andres Guardado are all sidelined with injury, but there are no suspended players in the away team. Phillip Cocu is likely to stick to the 4-3-3 formation.
- In 11 of previous 12 meetings between the two teams over 2.5 goals were scored
- AZ are eyeing their sixth consecutive win at home in the league
- PSV are on a six-game winning run on the road
- Phillip Cocu’s men scored 2+ goals in nine of their last 10 away fixtures (Eredivisie)
- PSV managed to keep five clean sheets in their last six away games
AZ Alkmaar vs PSV betting tip
AZ Alkmaar have been producing fine showings in the second half of the season, but given that the hosts head into the match with a severely-weakened squad, I do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the underdogs this time out. PSV are eager to bounce back from the defeat to Ajax and given their away record, I am tempted to put my money on the defending champions.
Tip: PSV to win
Odds: 2.10 (11/10) @Unibet
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