AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse
Netherlands – KNVB Cup
Date: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019
Kick-off at 19.45 UK/ 20.45 CET
Venue: AFAS Stadion (Alkmaar).
The KNVB Cup has started its business end with a bang-on draw. In the first of four scheduled matches, we see two intense rivals go at each others’ throat for a place in the final four as Vitas take a trip to Alkmaar.
It looked as if their defeat in a friendly game might have shook them, but the Cheeseheads rallied back to get back to their winning ways effortlessly. At their home, the team made light work of the visiting Utrecht with a 3-0 scoreline.
In the past weeks, the Vitas recorded two wins in a row, where they scored three goals each, and expect to make it three in a row. But there’s a catch that both these wins came at home.
AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last two, and four of the last six wins belong to AZ.
- At this venue, six of the last seven wins are in the name of the hosts.
- The Cheeseheads have scored at least a goal in 18 of their last 20 home-appearances.
- Leonid Slutsky’s men were shut out by the home defense in three of the last six matches at the AFAS Stadion.
AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse Prediction
Both teams will highly value a spot in the final four of the competition, which will earn them a spot in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League. The league title is already out of the question as Ajax and PSV almost ran away with it at the halfway point.
The teams will feel each other out in the first few minutes, before going for the big blows right away. Prime objective will be to avoid mistakes. Once the initial period is out of the way, expect the squads to go forward and look for goals, but still with caution.
John van den Brom’s men have scored in 21 of their last 24 home-ties, while their counterparts have done so in 19 of their last 25 trips on the road. I expect both teams to find the back of the net.
Regarding the score, it would be hard for either group to score more than once in this highly competitive and fierce tie. A 1-1 score is anticipated at the final whistle.
AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse Betting Tips
Correct Score at end of 90 minutes: 1-1 @ 8.00 (7/1)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.50 (1/2).