AZ Alkmaar vs Fortuna Sittard
Date: Sunday, 4 August 2019
Kick-off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: AFAS Stadion (Alkmaar).
AZ Alkmaar came in fourth in the table last season and were able to gain the last direct qualification ticket to the coveted Europa League.
The home team picked up seventeen wins in their previous campaign and had sixty-four goals in the bag as well. The squad’s last home match also saw them pick up a narrow 1-0 win over the eventual runners up, PSV.
Fortuna Sittard’s run in the league last season was nothing but a stark contrast to what their counterparts achieved. The visitors had their necks saved from being relegated by just one point and subsequently finished fifteenth in the ladder.
A win for the away side in their opening clash does not look likely, especially with AZ Alkmaar proving countless times that they are a dominant force on home soil.
AZ Alkmaar vs Fortuna Sittard Head to head (h2h)
- The teams have previously met each other on eleven occasions.
- The last encounter between the two sides saw AZ Alkmaar clinch the win by a 4-2 scoreline.
- Fortuna Sittard’s last victory against Alkmaar was way back in 2001.
- Four of their previous six ties have seen only one team find the back of the net.
AZ Alkmaar vs Fortuna Sittard Prediction
The guests are without a doubt the underdogs in the matchup on Sunday. Fortuna Sittard picked up just two victories in their seventeen trips on the road last season, and are without a win in their outings since the start of this year.
Additionally, Alkmaar have restricted the visitors from tasting success in their last two visits to this venue as well.
Two of their last four clashes with each other here have seen the hosts win and keep a clean sheet in the process.
Also, Fortuna Sittard’s dismal run of form away from home, in their recent games, has caused the away side to lose without finding the back of the net in three of their last six trips on the road.
Taking the aforementioned into account, a win and a clean sheet is certainly looming large for AZ Alkmaar this weekend.
Four of the last five meetings between the two teams have seen less than 3.5 goals on the scorecard. So it will be safe to expect the same in their clash this weekend.
AZ Alkmaar vs Fortuna Sittard Betting tips
To win to nil: AZ Alkmaar @ 2.50 (3/2)
Under 3.5 goals @ 1.90 (9/10).