Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
AZ Alkmaar and Volendam face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash at AFAS Stadion on Sunday afternoon. The Cheese Farmers are eyeing a spot in the Champions League and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Feyenoord. This games comes too early for defender Mees de Wit, but there are no fresh injury worries in the home team. Greece attacker Vangelis Pavlidis is back from international duty.
The Het Andere Oranje, on the other hand, are stuck in the relegation zone with only eight points in their pockets and given their dreadful away record (0-1-5) in the 2023/2024 Eredivisie campaign, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. As for the visiting team, midfielders Joey Antonioli, Luke Le Roux, and Koen Blommestijn are all rated doubtful. In their last meeting in Alkmaar AZ defeated Volendam 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Riechedly Bazoer):
Despite playing for PSV during his youth career, Riechedly Bazoer made his Eredivisie debut with Ajax. The central midfielder who was born on 12 October, 1996 in Utrecht, scored his first goal for Ajax on 15 February, 2015 in a 4-2 victory over Twente.
Four days later he made his European debut with the Amsterdammers, taking part in a 1-0 win over Legia in the Europa League. Bazoer scored five goals in 29 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 season, but he failed to win the domestic trophy with Frank de Boer’s troops.
Speaking of his international career, Bazoer has two caps for Netherlands U21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 13 November, 2015 against Wales. It has to be noted that he came as a late substitute in the 3-2 victory over the Dragons. Back in 2012 the right-footed midfielder won the UEFA U17 European Championship with the Dutch national team.
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.