Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Twente and AZ Alkmaar square off against each other at De Grolsch Veste in what is expected to be an interesting Eredivisie encounter. The Reds were producing fine displays in December, with the team beating both Go Ahead Eagles and Excelsior, while sharing the spoils with Sparta Rotterdam and they are surely capable of matching AZ in front of home fans. Defender Robin Propper has overcome his injury, while midfielder Michal Sadilek serves a one-game ban due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Pascal Jansen’s troops, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to league leaders PSV, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on the home side this time out. To make things even worse for the away team, defender Yukinari Sugawara is representing Japan at the 2024 Asian Cup.
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 (Twente):
Based in the city of Enschede, Twente is a Dutch football club that welcomes their rivals at De Grolsch Veste. The venue was opened on May 10, 1998, and the capacity of the stadium is 30,205 people. The club was founded in 1965 as a merger of Sportsclub Enschede and Enschedese Boys.
The Reds did remarkably well to win the Eredivisie title in the 2009/10 season, with the team finishing the process only one point clear of Dutch giants Ajax. As a result, Twente booked their place in the Champions League group stages. The Reds did well to collect six points in their group, but that did not help them make it to the last 16.
Twente are well known for their red jerseys, but they wear dark blue shirts when playing on the travels. The Reds take on Heracles Almelo in the Twentse Derby. Sander Boshchker is leading Twente’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 653 goals on his account.