AZ Alkmaar vs Mariupol
Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 15 August 2019
Kick-off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: AFAS Stadion (Alkmaar).
AZ Alkmaar were held to a frustrating stalemate in their last clash with Mariupol away from home. Although the scoreline says otherwise, AZ Alkmaar were much the better side throughout the fixture and racked up eighteen attempts at goal, seven of which were right on target.
Their foes, on the other hand, managed not more than four weak shots, just one of which made the goalkeeper work. The Ukrainian outfit have been not been faring well in their respective domestic campaign either and have picked up a win just once in their last four games in a row.
Although AZ Alkmaar are without any away goals to their name, the squad’s run of form on home soil certainly puts them in the driving seat in this one.
AZ Alkmaar vs Mariupol Head to head (h2h)
The stalemate between the two sides last week is their only encounter so far.
AZ Alkmaar vs Mariupol Prediction
The hosts are unbeaten in their last four games here and will be the more optimistic of the two sides this week, especially with the squad securing a thumping 4-0 win over Sittard in their most recent clash on home soil. Additionally, Alkmaar have not conceded in any of their last three ties in all competitions and have amassed six goals to their name from those fixtures alone.
The visitors are without a win in any of their recent outings and have been at the receiving end of nine goals from their last four trips on the road. The squad have failed to take the lead before the end of the break, in any of those games either, and have just three goals in the bag from those clashes.
Mariupol have also conceded at least one goal, right from the opening half, in each of their previous two matchups away from home. Given Alkmaar’s dynamic home streak, you can count on the hosts to break the deadlock before the end of the first forty-five minutes.
Furthermore, five of the home team’s last six goals at this venue have come in the second half. So, expect Alkmaar to threaten the attacking third with even more vigour after the restart on Thursday.
AZ Alkmaar vs Mariupol Betting tips
Half time: AZ Alkmaar @ 1.50 (1/2)
Highest scoring half for AZ Alkmaar: 2nd half @ 2.00 (1/1)