AZ Alkmaar vs PEC Zwolle
Date: Saturday, 19 September 2020
Kick-Off at 15.30 UK
Venue: AFAS Stadion, Alkmaar
Start of the new season didn’t go as planned for AZ Alkmaar. They even got a permission from Eredivisie to skip the first round match against Utrecht FC in order to prepare for UEFA Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev. The trip to Ukraine was unsuccessful – AZ were defeated and eliminated.
Now they can shift the focus back to domestic fixtures and season debut this Saturday against PEC Zwolle at AFAS Stadion.
As expected, team from Alkmaar is big favourite for the win, currently priced at 1.36 odds.
Zwolle ended the previous campaign in 15th place, but never were in danger of relegation really.
AZ Alkmaar vs Zwolle Head-to-head
There were 25 matches between AZ and Zwolle in the past. Team from Alkmaar has collected more victories, 13 to be precise, while losing five.
Interestingly, these teams met recently in a friendly, pre-season match. Zwolle won it 1-0 FT.
When it comes to previous season, AZ were the dominant force, winning both meetings with total goal difference of 5-0. It’s interesting to mention that BTTS bet didn’t land in last five h2h2’s between these opponents.
AZ Alkmaar vs Zwolle Prediction
The above mentioned loss to Dinamo Kiev was completely undeserved. Dutch representative was looking and playing better, but a couple of mistakes in the back will cost them a lot.
The fans didn’t understand why coach Arne Slot left one of the best players Oussama Idrissi on the bench. There are some speculation that Moroccan striker is unhappy and demanding to leave the team. He scored 13 goals for AZ in the previous campaign.
AZ had the same number of points as Ajax the moment league was suspended due to pandemic outbreak. They definitely have the quality to compete for title again, and we have no doubt they will beat Zwolle. The visitors were defeated in 9 out of their 13 games on the road last season.
AZ Alkmaar vs Zwolle Bet Tips
Home win HT and FT @ 1.95
AZ to score in both halves @ 1.93