AZ v Ajax: Eerdivisie Round 12 preview

November 1, 2016

Ajax travel to AZ Alkmaar on Sunday seeking to maintain the pressure on Eredivisie league leaders Feyenoord.

But Dutch football betting fans should be wary of backing Ajax too heavily for this clash. The Lancieri may be battling at the top of the table but they could be greatly exposed on Sunday afternoon.

Here’s why…

Ajax Recent Form

Ajax have done well to keep apace with league leaders Feyenoord but their recent results suggest a slowing down on that chase. Games involving Ajax have become increasingly tight ever since their 5-1 win over Zwolle in late December. Since then the club have not lost but they’re flirting closely with defeat.

They required a monumental effort to overcome Utrecht at home 3-2 at the start of last month and were lucky to escape Rotterdam with a point against Feyenoord some weeks later. The 1-0 win over Excelsior last weekend may have been seen as a job well done for manager Peter Bosz but alarm bells are ringing. Ajax should really be smashing a team like Excelsior.

These games are getting tighter and Ajax’s defence appears just as vulnerable as its attack right now. They need a convincing win here to settle the nerves.

Az V Ajax Head To Head

Recent form against AZ suggests Ajax could smash their opponents on Sunday. They beat them twice last season with an aggregate score of 7-1. Indeed, Ajax have scored exactly three goals in three of their last four visits to Alkmaar (and in the fourth they scored twice!). Looking at that form, Ajax are a good bet to win.

Az Home Form Crucial

However, Alkmaar’s home form suggests this match could be heading for a draw. Manager John van den Brom has got his side settled at home — they’ve lost just one game in eight there all season. Wins have eluded them at home this autumn but two draws from their last three outings suggests Van den Brom has his men well drilled in the art of keeping games tight. A draw here is a good bet.

Other Eredivisie Fixtures

Scanning the fixture list and it becomes quite clear that Sparta’s current slump will likely continue at home to Heerenveen on Friday. Sparta are winless in five games (LDDLD), while Heerenveen are unbeaten in eight and have no European fixtures to distract them from the domestic campaign. Heerenveen are good to win here.

Meanwhile, Feyenoord should have no problems dispatching Go Ahead Eagles in Deventer on Sunday. The Eredivisie leaders are flying at the moment and they are a smart bet to add to any Eredivisie combinations over the weekend.

It may be smart to back Eindhoven against Twente on Saturday. Twente love a draw at the moment and have scored in all but two of their fixtures this season. However, last weekend’s 0-0 home draw with Roda was alarming and you can get a good price on Eindhoven to win without conceding.

Zwolle continue to feel the flush of autumnal good form. They are now unbeaten in four Eredivisie games and will expect to beat bottom-of-the-league Roda on Saturday. That is most definitely the banker of the Eredivisie weekend action.

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