Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
After sharing the spoils with Den Haag on the road, AZ Alkmaar will be aiming to start a new winning run in the Eredivisie when they host RKC at their AFAS Stadion on Matchday 7. AZ have been struggling at the back of late, but, on the other hand, they look sharp in front of goal. The hosts are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field.
RKC, on the other hand, did well to hold Feyenoord to a 2-2 draw at the weekend, but it has to be noted that Dick Advocaat’s men failed to turn their dominance into goals. Considering that AZ Alkmaar do not suit RKC, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. In each of their previous four meetings in the Dutch elite division AZ defeated the Yellow and Blues.
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 (Waalwijk):
RKC Waalwijk is a Dutch club that competes in the Eredivisie. RKC returned to the Dutch top flight in the 2019/20 season, and they were more than fortunate not to suffer relegation back to Eerste Divisie. Fred Grim’s men were stuck at the bottom of the table when the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, they did not drop to the Dutch second tier. RKC play home games at Mandemakers Stadion, the venue which can hold only 7,500 spectators. RKC Waalwijk are well known for their yellow shirts with blue strips, but their away kit is mainly black. The Mandemakers Stadion outfit have never won the national championship.
RKC, though, represented the Netherlands in European competitions in the past, with team taking part in Intertoto Cup on four occasions. Willem II are seen as one of the club’s main rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the Brabantse derby.