AZ Alkmaar vs Kairat Almaty
Europa League Qualifiers
Date: Thursday, 2nd August 2018
Kick-off at 19:15 UK/ 20:15 CET
Venue: AFAS Stadion (Alkmaar).
AZ Alkmaar have a mountain to climb when they welcome Kairat from Almaty, Kazakhstan. The first leg of the contest resulted in a win for Kairat to the surprise of everyone. The 27-year old forward Aderinsola Eseola was the star of the show, the player born in Ukraine netting both goals of the game.
AZ Alkmaar certainly picked up their form through the pre-season and beating Lokeren, Panathinaikos, Zulte-Waregem in their last three outings. They’ve netted five goals along the way and kept clean sheets on all three occasions, which should have John van den Brom’s men very confident on the day.
AZ haven’t had troubles playing on the road and they’ve been regularly scoring numbers of goals, with just losses at Eredivisie top guns seen in months. Cheeseheads now hope to show their class and make their way to the next round over the Kazakhstan rivals and it’s rather tough seeing it any other way at this point.
The clash doesn’t come at the best time possible for Kairat either, as they just saw their five-game winning streak ended by Ordabasy in Premier League, suffering a 2-1 loss. They’ve been regularly netting numbers of goals too and should prove a tough side to outgun, but bouncing back as soon as Thursday could prove a tough task.
AZ Alkmaar vs Kairat Almaty Head-to-head
The sides haven’t had a chance to meet before the first leg clash and Kairat lead the h2h 1-0 after the 2 goal victory at their home ground last week.
AZ have been in top shape recently and come off as just slight favourites to turn this one their way.
Both sides have been scoring goals on the regular and promise a great clash in the making.
AZ Alkmaar vs Kairat Almaty Prediction
Home team’s head-coach John van den Brom is missing at least 5 players through injury. But, they have plenty of quality in the reserve and they will be fired up for revenge to the humiliation against the visitors from Kazakhstan.
Kairat is nowhere near the quality of AZ, but, they are no pushovers even on the road. They had previously avoided heavy defeats on the road against teams from Europe’s elite league.
It will be a tight clash and AZ might have what it takes to overturn the deficit towards the end of the 90 minute mark.
AZ Alkmaar vs Kairat Almaty Betting Tips
FT – Alkmaar to win at 1.40 is a banker
Brave punters can back HT/FT 1/1 for 2.10 odd.