Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Thursday’s football game at Euroborg pits together Groningen and AZ Alkmaar, the two teams who defeated Emmen and Fortuna Sittard respectively at the weekend. Gronningen did well to book their place in the Conference League playoffs, while AZ Alkmaar have yet to get their job done. The visitors are only one point behind the Champions League berth, meaning that they face yet another must-win situation in the midweek clash.
Midfielder Timo Letschert, who suffered an injury in the victory over Fortuna, is out of contention through injury, while Ramon Leeuwin will have to serve his ban in Thursday’s clash. The hosts, on the other hand, should be without Dammers, Gudmundsson, and Schreck in the midweek game. Anyhow, the visitors want this win more than the hosts, and we predict that they are going to pick up vital three points from the Euroborg showdown.
Highlighted Player (Sergio Padt):
Sergio Padt is a Dutch footballer who plays for Eredivisie club Groningen as a goalkeeper. Padt played for the likes of Pancratius, Hoofddorp, and Ajax during his youth career, but he did not see any game action with the Amsterdammers at senior level.
Following short loan spells with the likes of Haarlem and Go Ahead Eagles, Sergio Padt signed a deal with Belgian outfit Gent in June, 2011. After making 55 appearances for the club in the Belgian top flight, the Dutch shot-stopper joined Groningen in the summer of 2014. Sergio Padt did remarkably well to win the KNVB Cup with the Green-White Army in the 2014/15 season, with the team beating PEC Zwolle in the title game.
The Groningen goalkeeper, who was born on June 6, 1990, has five caps for the Netherlands U-21 team. Speaking of his senior career, he received two call-ups for the national team, but has yet to make his debut.
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.