AZ Alkmaar vs Heerenveen:
Dutch Eredivisie 2016/17,
Date: Sunday, 7 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 13:30 UK,
Venue: AFAS Stadion (Alkmaar).
AZ Alkmaar and SC Heerenveen kick-off their Eredivisie 2016/17 campaign on Sunday afternoon.
AZ Alkmaar had a good outing in the Eredivisie last season, they finished in the 4th position in the league table; 4 points below Feyenoord in the 3rd place. AZ did well to qualify themselves for the 5th consecutive Europa League and have already kicked it off on a strong note.
Meanwhile, SC Heerenveen were among the poor rated teams in the Eredivisie last season, they finished last season in the 12 the position and they were seen as the 4th worst defensive side last season. They were not bad on the road last season, they picked 20 away points from 17 away games. They now hope for an improvement this new season.
AZ Alkmaar: Team News
Jop Van Der Linden and Ben Rienstra are out on injuries and will both miss the game. The new signings Fred Friday and Wout Weghorst may get their Eredivisie debut in this game.
Heerenveen: Team News
Doke Schmidt is out on injury, while Morten Thorsby is yet to be confirmed fit for the game. Heerenveen had some new recruitments added to their team to strengthen them for the new season, Stijn Schaars, Jordy Bruijn, Wouter Van der Steen and Reza Ghoo Channejhad.
AZ Alkmaar vs Heerenveen: Head to Head
- Only 8 of the 42 games between these two teams have ended in draw, AZ have won 15, while Heerenveen won 18 games.
- Heerenveen have won 4 of the last 5 league fixtures against AZ, while they lost once.
- AZ had won 2 and lost 2 of the last 4 home games against Heerenveen, but are unbeaten in the previous 6 with 2 wins and 4 draws.
AZ Alkmaar vs Heerenveen: Prediction
AZ are entering this game on the back of a 15 game winning streak in all competitions. Their pre-season games is also excellent, they have won their 9 pre-season fixtures and have scored at least 3 goals in 8 of the 9 nine games.
Heerenveen played 6 games in the pre-season tour, they were victorious in 4 of their 6 friendlies. While they lost to two stronger sides; Real Sociedad and Anderlecht.
I predict a win for the home teams, and I expect a high score line of at least 3 goals.
AZ Alkmaar vs Heerenveen: Tips
AZ Alkmaar win.
Over 2.5 goals