AZ vs Vitesse
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK
Venue: AFAS Stadion (Alkmaar).
John van den Brom managed to raise the spirits inside AZ’s dressing room after the team dropped a two-goal cushion to lose the home fixture to PSV. The Cheeseheads rebounded in some style on Friday when they eased past Heracles away in Almelo. Guus Til, Oussama Idrissi and Alireza Jahanbahksh were on target in a demolishing 0-3 vict0ory which brought AZ again only five points away from Ajax in second place.
The dream of the Champions league football is thus still alive, particularly if we know that the gap could be reduced down to two in the next round when AZ travel to the capital to take on de Godenzonen in the direct clash. Before they get to it, the Cheeseheads need to pass the stern Vitesse test first.
The visitors come travel to Alkmaar on the back of a fantastic attacking performance in the 7-0 drubbing of relegation strugglers Sparta Rotterdam at the weekend. The new head coach Edward Sturing could have hardly imagine a better start to his reign at GelreDome. He indeed managed to provoke a positive shock after Vitas failed to score at all in three consecutive league ties under Hendrikus Fraser.
AZ vs Vitesse: Head-to-head
AZ lead the head to head tie by seven wins ahead of 43rd meeting with Vitesse.
The Cheeseheads ended the two-loss streak in head to head games back in late-August last year when they took a 1-2 win at GelreDome.
The hosts can still remember the painful 0-2 defeat to Vitas in the KNVB Beker final last term.
AZ vs Vitesse: Prediction
Both teams showed spectacular attacking performances at the weekend and we have reasons to expect a high-scoring contest when they meet each other on Wednesday. The visitors are just two points above the line in the battle for the top-seven finish and Europa League playoffs next term. Their new managed made a phenomenal debut on the bench on Saturday and they will no doubts be a tough opposition to the third-ranked side here.
The best of the betting options would obviously be Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS at 1.72. Alternatively, we will look for the value in backing AZ to win & BTTS at 2.75 because of the fact Vitesse took only a single point in last four games on the road.
AZ vs Vitesse: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS @ 1.72
AZ to win & BTTS @ 2.75