Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
AZ Alkmaar will be looking to build on a thrilling Eredivisie win over G.A. Eagles (5-0) when they take on Jablonec in the Europa Conference League on Thursday evening. AZ continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. You should bear in mind that over 2.5 goals have been netted in each of AZ Alkmaar’s previous seven league fixtures.
Important midfielder Jordy Clasie returns from a domestic ban, while Ernest Poku remains in the recovery room. Jablonec, on the other hand, did well to beat Cluj 1-0 in their Conference League opener, but they will have a mountain to climb in their second group game. Since AZ are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the Czechs are going to grab something from the match. Defender David Stepanek should be the only absentee in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Jordy Clasie):
Jordy Clasie is a product of the Feyenoord youth academy who plays for AZ Alkmaar as a midfielder. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is capable of producing fine displays as both central midfielder and centre-back as well.
Clasie played for the likes of Feyenoord, Excelsior (loan), Southampton, and Club Brugge (loan) before returning to Rotterdam. After ending his second spell with Feyenoord, the Dutch footballer joined AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2019. He made his AZ debut in the Eredivisie on August 4, 2019 in a 4-0 win over Fortuna Sittard.
Jordie Clasie has 12 caps with the Netherlands U21 team, and he made his senior debut in a 1-1 draw with Italy on February 6, 2013. Thanks to his elegant style of play, Clasie has earned the nickname of “Dutch Xavi”. The AZ Alkmaar midfielder was born in Haarlem, Netherlands on June 27, 1991.
Highlighted Team (Jablonec):
FK Jablonec are a Czech side who compete in the Czech 1. Liga. Jablones are well known for their green and white kit, whilst their away colours are black and gray. The Czech outfit play their home games at Stadion Strelnice, the venue which can hold up to 6,108 spectators.
Jablonec are not considered one of the most successful Czech sides, but they did well to win the domestic cup on two occasions. In the 1997/1998 season they defeated Petra Drnovice in the final, whereas they clinched their second title by beating Mlada Boleslav on penalties in the title game. The likes of Petr Rada, David Lafata, Tomas Hubschman and Ludek Pernica are the club’s most notable players.
Jablonec finished the 2017/2018 season in third place in the standings, which helped them book their place in the Europa League. The Czech team will take on Rennes, Astana and Dinamo Kiev in the 2018/2019 Europa League group stages.