Twente enter this game in excellent mood after they managed to beat Ajax last week. With a full squad available coach Hake should stick to the same current best 11 in which van der Heyden should keep a spot in a more balanced midfield with Celina having shifted into attack, forming the key attacking duo with Ünal. Another 4-3-3 is likely, which is played more balanced with last week’s performance as stand-out display as they limited Ajax to little danger. The flanks and the individual skills should be used to create danger. A win is the target, a draw would at least extend the long unbeaten run.
AZ are looking to bounce back from last week’s heavy home defeat vs Feyenoord. In midweek coach van de Brom performed a massive rotation in the Cup, a return to the best possible 11 is now due. Influential captain Vlaar remains out as the leader of the team, solid Haps and Wuytens are expected to be fit, which would warrant a solid defence, worst case scenario improvisation would be due. Either a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 formation and a balanced approach is expected. Coach van de Brom will demand better focus and a more compact approach, at same time looking to raise the efficiency, picking the attacking spots with more determination. A win is the target, a draw might be accepted depending on the scenario.
Verdict & Prediction
Twente enter this last game of the year in excellent mood, coming from an emotional high after beating Ajax here last week. The risk of such a peak display is that often a lesser one is bound to follow, coach Hake will demand a full focus. Following up with another home win would be massive and it would see Twente leapfrog AZ in the table. A draw would not be bad either though.
Prediction : Twente -0.50 AH (same as Twente to win match)
Odds : 1.83 SBOBET