AZ Alkmaar vs FC Emmen
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Saturday, 2nd February 2019
Kick-off at 19.45 UK/ 20.45 CET
Venue: AFAS Stadion (Alkmaar).
Ever since October, the Cheeseheads have been steadily going through their league games without much opposition. And the consistency has certainly paid rich dividends, that they have attained the status of the best of the rest, after the big three clubs. Especially at home, the team has been a major threat to take on.
Dick Lukkien’s men have been actively trying to climb up the league table and were successful at that front to some extent, but it seems they are dealt with an unwinnable hand this turn. They are up against a team that has defeated them in every meeting. The squad from Drenthe would like to try their luck once more, but it seems the undertaking would be an exercise in futile considering the form their opponents are in.
AZ Alkmaar vs FC Emmen Head-to-head (h2h)
- John van den Brom’s men have a 100% winning record against this opponent.
- Emmen has never scored in an official tie at the AFAS Stadion.
- Dick Lukkien’s men were able to score just a single goal in their last two matches.
- The biggest h2h win occurred the last time these two met. The match ended 1-4, in favor of the then visitors, AZ.
AZ Alkmaar vs FC Emmen Prediction
Never in their history has the team from Drenthe secured at least a point against this rival. Every single time they lined up against this formidable rival, they had to return with empty hands. Another stat that will psychologically pull down the visitors is that they have just managed a single official goal in all their h2h appearances.
If current form is any indication, the Cheeseheads will sweep the rug out of their visitors this weekend. They were unbeaten in 16 of their last 19 home-ties, and in 12 of the last 15 overall fixtures, where ten resulted in wins. Conversely, Emmen were winless in 13 of their last 16 games, and in six of their last eight on the road.
John van den Brom’s men will be keen to stick on to their safe zone right at the top and will take every advantage of a favorable draw like this, as they have some tough fixtures coming up. I expect the hosts to lead from early on, and to win by a comfortable margin.
AZ Alkmaar vs FC Emmen Betting Tips
European Handicap: (-1 for AZ Alkmaar); AZ Alkmaar to Win @ 1.60 (3/5)
Half Time Result: AZ Alkmaar to Win @ 1.60 (3/5).