Excelsior vs AZ Alkmaar
Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Kick-Off 18:30 UK / 19:30 CET
Venue: Van Donge & De Roo Stadion (Rotterdam).
Both Excelsior and AZ Alkmaar will come into the final Eredivisie Matchday in high spirits following big wins on Sunday respectively. The hosts overtook De Graafschap in the league ladder thanks to a 4-5 victory over Europa League hopefuls Heracles away in Almelo. Icelandic striker Elias Omarsson was the hero of the day as he inspired the victory at Polman Stadion with a hat-trick.
The victory came literally out of nowhere for The Kralingers who were not pulling up any trees previously. Excelsior were on a streak of eight defeats and a draw in nine matches beforehand. This was also team’s maiden victory under new manager Ricardo Moniz who took charge last month. Can the hosts back it up with an upset against fourth-placed Alkmaar?
Excelsior vs AZ Alkmaar Head-to-head
The Cheeseheads lead the head to head tie by five wins coming into 23rd meeting with Excelsior.
Teams have three wins apiece in ten H2H clashes in Rotterdam.
Both teams were on the scoresheet in five of last six head to head encounters.
Excelsior vs AZ Alkmaar: Prediction
The aforementioned win over Heracles will count for little in terms of avoiding relegation play-offs for Zwolle who are still four shy of the safe zone with just one match left to play. Anyhow, a result against the likes of AZ would definitely raise team’s spirits significantly ahead of the play-offs. The visitors have nothing to play for either, but they still managed to see off title chasers PSV 1-0 on Sunday at AFAS Stadion.
AZ thus won two on the bounce, a streak which came only after a run of four successive league matches without a victory. The Cheeseheads are winless in last six games on the spin away from home across competitions. This is why we see the value in backing Excelsior to stay unbeaten at 2.80 odds.
Excelsior vs AZ Alkmaar Bet Tips
Under 3.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5)
Excelsior or Draw @ 2.80 (9/5).