AZ Alkmaar vs Viktoria Plzen
Champions League – Qualification
Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Kick-off at 15:30 UK/ 16:30 CET
Venue: AFAS Stadion.
The Cheeseheads would consider themselves a bit unlucky as they missed out on a direct entry into the Champions League, despite the incredible form they had shown in the Eredivisie.
Thwarting the likes of titans PSV, the team were level on points at the top along with Ajax, when the pandemic forced the league to go into shutdown. And as Ajax had the better goal difference, they were placed first, while Arne Slot’s men had to be content with a second-place finish.
They surely will be determined to carry their form into the this qualification round, and win back what they had lost due to unluck.
It’s in their favor that they are pitted against Adian Gula’s men. These guys are from the lowly Czech First League – miles beneath in terms of quality, compared to the Eredivisie. Moreover, the Cheeseheads also are at home – which in this single-leg tie, should act in their favor.
For the reasons, expect AZ Alkmaar to emerge victorious this Wednesday.
AZ Alkmaar vs Viktoria Plzen: Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams are fighting each other for the very first time.
AZ Alkmaar vs Viktoria Plzen: Prediction
Contrary to usual, Slot’s men were the best in Netherlands this season, along with Ajax, and it was hugely unfortunate for them that the Covid-19 pandemic shut down their season. They were level on points at the top, and if the season had continued, they might have won the title.
And as is known, the Eredivisie is simply a whole level better than that of the Czech First League. In fact, the Cheeseheads regularly lock horns with teams of much higher quality than that of Gula’s men, and they also are much more experienced in high-pressure situations.
On top of that, Slot’s men also are at home, and despite the absence of crowd, the home advantage should act in their favor. To be honest, if they had the choice to play at home or on the road in a single-leg tie, they would always choose the AFAS Stadion.
Moreover, the Czech contingent have not played a competitive fixture in over a month, disregarding a single league game, and this should make them rusty. And finally, barring friendlies, the Dutch squad has been terrorizing opponents at home for over the past year.
Likely, expect AZ Alkmaar to progress to the third qualifying round of the Champions League, this Wednesday.
AZ Alkmaar vs Viktoria Plzen: Betting Tips
AZ Alkmaar to Win Either Half @ 1.50 (1/2)
To Qualify to the Next Round: AZ Alkmaar @ 1.40 (2/5).