FEYENOORD v AZ ALKMAAR – KNVB BEKER
March 3 2016, De Kuip stadium, 19:45 GMT+0
It’s the semi-finals of KNVB BEKER, and the winner of this match will face off against Utrecht in the finals. Also the team that wins the finals will get an entry ticket to Europa League group stage next year.
If we want to decide the winner soley by looking at league table it seems as a balanced match, because this match is between 3rd and 4th placed teams, both with the same amount of points (40). But we can take a look at last H2H matches between them. The last one finished in AZ Alkmaar favour (4:2), but the match at stadium, on which today’s game will take place (De Kuip), Feyenoord got away with all 3 points (3:1). So looking from that perspective Feyenoord is a slight favourite.
The form of both sides is strange to say the least. Feyenoord has won only 1 out of last 8 league matches, whereas the visitors had a 7 game winning streak, which was stopped by Ajax in the last round (4:1). The game against Ajax was quite disappointing, as AZ Alkmaar had 1 more player for last 36 minutes and only scored 1 goal and conceived 1. It’s safe to say, the visitors were outclasses by Ajax, and if one of their players weren’t sent off, the score line would surely be much bigger than “just” (4:1). Which only shows that, even though the impressive 7 game winning streak, AZ Alkmaar are not unbeatable.
On the other hand Feyenoord played good football against Utrecht, where they won (1:2), even though they were down by a goal in 4′. Feyenoord are hard to beat at their home pitch, and Giovanni Van Bronckhurst will surely use an advantage of having full squad available for today’s match. The only missing player is Miquel Nelom, who is not the part of starting XI, so it won’t “hurt” the team. As for missing players Johansson is still doubtful, whereas Lewis will surely be sidelined for the visitors. We should not praise AZ Alkmaar too much with the recent performances, but rather take a look at the “whole picture” where Feyenoord is a favourite in my eyes.
Prediction: Feyenoord -0.5
Odds: 2.00 SBOBET