Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
AZ Alkmaar and Emmen face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash at AFAS Stadion on day 9 of the new Eredivisie campaign. AZ quickly bounced back from the Europa League defeat to Real Sociedad, with the team rolling over Heerenveen 3-0 in their last league match. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be left back Owen Wijndal, who has been producing fine displays with both AZ Alkmaar and the Netherlands of late.
Emmen, on the other hand, made a slow start to the season, with the team collecting only three points from possible 24. The relegation strugglers are on a three-game losing run in the Eredivisie, and they are unlikely to spoil AZ Alkmaar’s party at AFAS Stadion. In their last meeting in the Dutch elite division AZ Alkmaar recorded a routine 3-0 win over Emmen.
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 (Emmen):
Based in Emmen, Drenthe, FC Emmen is a Dutch football club that play home matches at De Oude Meerdijk. The amateur club was founded on August 21, 1925, with the team turning professional in 1985.
Emmen’s home kit is white and red, while black is the dominant colour of their away shirt. FC Emmen secured promotion to the Eredivisie in the 2018/19 season and they have been competing in the Dutch elite division ever since. On their debut it the Eredivisie Emmen defeated ADO Den Haag at Cars Jeans Stadion.
Glenn Bijl scored the first goal for the club in the Dutch top flight. Emmen finished the season in the 14th position in the standings, with the team securing survival in the Eredivisie. Cas Peters is the club’s all-time top scorer with 56 goals on his account. FC Emmen have never represented the Netherlands in European competitions.