Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Goffertstadion will host Sunday’s football game between NEC and AZ Alkmaar, the two teams who aim to represent the Netherlands in European competitions. NEC are four points behind the playoffs berth, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for the home side. Both Marques and Kramer are pushing for recalls to the starting XI, while Calvin Verdonk and Mathias De Wolf will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
AZ, on the other hand, aim to climb to the Europa League berth. Considering that both sides will go for a win in Sunday’s encounter, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. The good news for the visitors is that defender Pantelis Chatzidiakos is back from suspension. Pascal Jansen, though, is unlikely to make too many changes to the team that hammered Emmen 5-1 at the weekend.
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.