Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
All eyes will be on Johan Cruijff Arena when Ajax and AZ Alkmaar face each other in the Eredivisie derby. The Amsterdammers suffered back-to-back defeats to PSV, with the team losing in both national championship and KNVB Beker final, meaning that they are low on confidence ahead of Saturday’s clash. Fit-again Devyne Rensch is pushing for a start, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The visitors, on the other hand, are eyeing their fourth consecutive league win. Seeing that AZ Alkmaar are likely to adopt yet another attack-minded approach, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. Jens Odgaard limped off with injury in a 3-0 win over RKC Waalwijk, with Mexx Meerdink likely to step up. In the first half of the season AZ Alkmaar defeated Ajax 2-1, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Steven Berghuis):
Born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands on December 19, 1991, Steven Berghuis is a Dutch winger who plays for Ajax in the Eredivisie. Berghuis played for the likes of Vitesse/AGOVV, WSV Apeldoorn, and Go Ahead Eagles during his youth career before joining Twente in 2009.
The 183-cm-tall footballer continued playing for the Reds at senior level. After ending his loan spell with VVV-Venlo, Steven Berghuis joined AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2012, and three years later signed a deal with the Premier League club Watford. After making no more than nine appearances in the English top flight, Berghuis moved to Feyenoord in August 2016, and he has been playing De club aan de Maas ever since.
His main position is right winger, but he is capable of producing fine displays as both left winger and attacking midfielder as well. He made his Netherlands debut on May 27, 2016 in a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland.
Highlighted Team (AZ):
AZ Alkmaar are a professional football club that play their home matches at AFAS Stadion. The venue was opened on 4 August, 2006 and the construction of the stadium cost €38 million. AFAS Stadion is able to hold 17 023 spectators.
The Cheeseheads were founded on 10 May, 1967 and they won their first trophy in 1981, finishing the season 12 points clear of Dutch giants Ajax. 18 years later AZ clinched their second Eredivisie trophy, with the team finishing the 2008/2009 campaign with 80 points, 11 clear of second-placed Twente. In 1981 the club made it to the UEFA Cup final, but English side Ipswich Town proved to be a big catch for the Dutch team.
AZ’s home kits are red and white and they wear black shirts when playing on the road. The likes of Shota Arveladze, Jozy Altidore, Ron Vlaar, Joris Mathijsen, Graziano Pelle, Simon Poulsen, Moussa Dembele and Sergio Romero are notable footballers who played for AZ in the past.