AZ Alkmaar vs FC Utrecht Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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AZ Alkmaar vs FC Utrecht Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

AZ Alkmaar will look to get back to winning ways in the Eredivisie when they welcome FC Utrecht at the AFAS Stadion on Sunday at lunchtime. AZ Alkmaar only managed a 1-1 away draw at FC Groningen last time out, despite the fact that Alireza Jahanbakhsh gave them the lead at halftime. Meanwhile, FC Utrecht fought back from one-goal down to secure a 3-1 home win over SC Heerenveen thanks to a brace from Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and another goal from Yassine Ayoub. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news, match stats and odds all in our SBAT preview. Feel free to visit our Bet of the day page to check our best daily tips.

Betting Predictions and Tips

There have been plenty of goals in the most recent games between these two sides and I think this will be the case here as well. The last five meetings between these two have seen more than three goals scored and both teams looked vulnerable at the back in this early part of the season.

Over 2.5 goals at odds 8/15

FC Utrecht or Draw at odds 5/6

AZ Alkmaar scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

AZ Alkmaar saw over 1.5 goals in 10 out of their last 10 games played against FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht saw over 1.5 goals in 10 out of their last 10 games played

FC Utrecht saw over 1.5 goals in 10 out of their last 10 games played against AZ Alkmaar

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

AZ Alkmaar Form Guide

AZ Alkmaar Team Logo

AZ Alkmaar

Won

7

Draw

1

Lost

2
W A

19-09-2017

KNVB Cup

MVV Maastricht Team Logo MVV Maastricht

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

L H

24-09-2017

Eredivisie

Excelsior Team Logo Excelsior

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

L H

01-10-2017

Eredivisie

Feyenoord Team Logo Feyenoord

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 3)

D A

15-10-2017

Eredivisie

FC Groningen Team Logo FC Groningen

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

22-10-2017

Eredivisie

FC Utrecht Team Logo FC Utrecht

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

26-10-2017

KNVB Cup

Almere City FC Team Logo Almere City FC

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

29-10-2017

Eredivisie

SC Heerenveen Team Logo SC Heerenveen

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

04-11-2017

Eredivisie

Willem II Team Logo Willem II

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

08-11-2017

Club Friendlies

Cambuur Team Logo Cambuur

FT 1 - 5

(HT 0 - 3)

W A

19-11-2017

Eredivisie

Roda JC Kerkrade Team Logo Roda JC Kerkrade

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

FC Utrecht Form Guide

FC Utrecht Team Logo

FC Utrecht

Won

4

Draw

2

Lost

4
W A

20-09-2017

KNVB Cup

Ajax (A) Team Logo Ajax (A)

FT 0 - 6

(HT 0 - 6)

L H

24-09-2017

Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven Team Logo PSV Eindhoven

FT 1 - 7

(HT 1 - 2)

D A

01-10-2017

Eredivisie

Vitesse Team Logo Vitesse

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

04-10-2017

Club Friendlies

Wolfsburg Team Logo Wolfsburg

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

14-10-2017

Eredivisie

SC Heerenveen Team Logo SC Heerenveen

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L A

22-10-2017

Eredivisie

AZ Alkmaar Team Logo AZ Alkmaar

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

25-10-2017

KNVB Cup

VVV-Venlo Team Logo VVV-Venlo

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D H

29-10-2017

Eredivisie

NAC Breda Team Logo NAC Breda

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

05-11-2017

Eredivisie

Ajax Team Logo Ajax

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

19-11-2017

Eredivisie

Excelsior Team Logo Excelsior

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

AZ Alkmaar Preview

AZ Alkmaar have enjoyed an excellent run of form between the middle of August to the middle of September, but they started to struggle recently. They suffered back-to-back defeats against Excelsior and Feyenoord prior to the International break, and only managed a 1-1 away draw at FC Groningen last weekend. The main problem is that AZ have struggled to find the back of the net over the past month, as they only scored once in the most recent three league fixtures. Prior to their recent run, Alkmaar managed to score at least two goals in five of six games across all competitions. They currently sit only in 7th in the Eredivisie table tied on 13 points with FC Utrecht, just three points behind the second-placed Ajax. At home, AZ were on a six-game winning streak prior to their back-to-back defeats against Excelsior and Feyenoord in their most recent two home league fixtures. The only good thing is that AZ picked up a comfortable 3-0 win over Utrecht in their most recent home meeting with the Red and Whites. Wout Weghorst is enjoying another great Eredivisie campaign, as he has already scored six goals in his eight league appearances.

AZ Alkmaar Team News

Levi Opdam and Ron Vlaar are both doubts, but Calvin Stengs and Marko Vejinovic are both missing through injury. The good news is that Myron Boadu is back in training following his knee injury.

FC Utrecht Preview

FC Utrecht, on the other hand, have been up and down in this early part of the new Eredivisie season, registering four wins, one draw and three defeats in their eight league games. Utrecht were on a three-game winless streak in the league prior to their 3-1 home victory over SC Heerenveen last weekend. Utrecht have scored two more goals than AZ Alkmaar in this early part of the season, but they have also conceded more in this term. Actually, they hold the 4th joint worst defensive record in the division, having allowed 15 goals in eight rounds. Their away form over the past three months has also been poor as Utrecht have only won two of their last ten games across all competitions. The good news is that the Red and Whites picked up victories in two of their last four visits to the AFAS Stadion, scoring at least two goals in three of these. In addition, Utrecht managed to beat AZ Alkmaar 4-0 in the Eredivisie Europa League play-offs towards the end of May. Utrecht are tied on 13 points with their Sunday’s opponents, which means they are just three points adrift of the second-placed Ajax. Both Utrecht’s summer arrivals in the shape of Cyriel Dessers and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck have been in fine shape in this early part of the season, as the pair bagged seven goals and one assists between them. Zakaria Labyad has also played a vital part in Utrecht’s performance throughout the season, helping the team with three goals and two assists.

FC Utrecht Team News

Simon Makienok, Patrick Joosten and Chris Gurkan David are all doubts, but Anouar Kali is out through an ACL injury.

AZ Alkmaar Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS + Win

BTTS + Draw

BTTS + Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

FC Utrecht Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS + Win

BTTS + Draw

BTTS + Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

AZ Alkmaar vs FC Utrecht Sidelined Players

AZ Alkmaar
29 Calvin Stengs Injured
21 Myron Boadu Injured
10 Marko Vejinovic Injured
3 Rens van Eijden Injured
4 Ron Vlaar Injured
FC Utrecht
24 Patrick Joosten Injured
9 Simon Makienok Injured
30 Chris David Injured
23 Anouar Kali Injured

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Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Marco Bizot 184 85
12 CD Pantelis Hatzidiakos 181 70
2 LB Jonas Svensson 170 70
30 CD Stijn Wuytens 183 74
5 RB Thomas Ouwejan 182 72
6 CM Fredrik Midtsjoe 176 70
15 CM Guus Til 183 72
14 CM Teun Koopmeiners 186 -
8 RF Joris van Overeem 181 71
7 LF Alireza Jahanbakhsh 180 78
9 CF Wout Weghorst 197 82
No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK David Jensen 195 92
17 LB Sean Klaiber 179 74
5 CD Dario Dumic 188 85
15 RB Robin van der Meer 198 80
14 CD Willem Janssen 186 75
18 CDM Urby Emanuelson 176 68
8 CM Yassine Ayoub 169 67
10 AM Zakaria Labyad 170 65
6 CM Rico Strieder 174 68
27 CF Lukas Goertler 183 75
21 CF Jean-Christophe Bahebeck 182 76