AZ Alkmaar vs FC Astana
Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
Kick-off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Cars Jeans Stadion (Den Haag).
FC Astana have hardly hit the ground running in their Europa campaign. With home advantage also out of the equation, the visiting faithful have little or no reason to have their hopes up this week.
AZ Alkmaar vs FC Astana Head to head (h2h)
The two teams have not squared up against each other in recent times.
AZ Alkmaar vs FC Astana Prediction
The hosts have so far avoided defeat in their group games and are currently third in the table, trailing behind the table-toppers by a two-point margin.
Be that as it may, Arne Slot’s men have garnered just two points from a possible six so far, picking a point each off of Manchester United and Partizan Belgrade respectively. Nevertheless, the home team have been at the losing end just once in their previous eight games.
It is also worth mentioning that AZ Alkmaar have been faring well in their clashes at this venue. They have not tasted defeat in any of their last four Europa League matchups here.
On the other hand, FC Astana have hit rock bottom in Group L with back to back defeats. The visitors were taken down by Partizan Belgrade with a 2-1 scorecard at home. While on the road they were edged out by Manchester United who posted a 1-0 victory.
To make matters worse, Roman Hryhorchuk’s men have been a nervous bunch in their outings. The away side have just one win to boast of from their previous five trips on the road, that too in all competitions.
In addition, it is also worth mentioning that FC Astana feature in a far more inferior league as opposed to their counterparts. Taking into account the visitors’ dismal form away from home, AZ Alkmaar are the favorites to come out on top in this one, even with a -1 handicap on their necks.
Furthermore, the away side have just not been convincing in their own defensive third. Especially on the road, where they have conceded a goal or more in each of their last five outings. The hosts have not been shy in finding the back of the net and have scored five goals from their last four Europa fixtures here.
Given the evident difference in stature of the teams involved as well, count on AZ Alkmaar to have their scoring boots on and to rack up over 2.5 goals on the final scoreboards in this one.
AZ Alkmaar vs FC Astana Betting Tips
AZ Alkmaar -1 Handicap @ 1.50 (1/2)
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.66 (2/3).