Twente vs AZ Alkmaar
Date: Sunday, 13 December 2020
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: De Grolsch Veste (Enschede).
Twente are performing well this season and they will eye a surprise win against underperforming AZ Alkmaar on Sunday.
There will be no shortage of confidence in Ron Jans’ camp after the team defeated the free scoring Ajax 2-1 last week and that too in an away trip to Amsterdam.
However, they had their fair share of slips, last when they welcomed the low key RKC Waalwijk to this ground and ended up with a 0-2 defeat.
Twente are 4th in the standings with 21 points, 6 points behind leaders Ajax and 4 ahead of the visitors.
AZ Alkmaar had trouble winning games all season, though they maintained an unbeaten record until last week by picking 4 wins on the bounce after starting the campaign on a sequence of 5 draws.
Lack of discipline cost them dearly against Groningen after leading 1-0 at half time. Fredrik Midtsjo’s red card in the 57th minute was punished by back-to-back goals from Ahmed El Messaoudi before Bruno Martins Indi received his marching orders 5 minutes before the kick-off.
It was a forgettable week for head-coach Arne Slot as they were knocked out from Europa League with another defeat, this time the opponent was Rijeka.
Twente vs AZ Alkmaar Head-to-head
The corresponding fixture last season saw Twente ending their 5 year winless run against Alkmaar with a 2-0 win. They lost 8 of the previous 9 h2h and the only decent result during the period was a draw.
Six of their last 8 h2h meetings at this ground saw over 2.5 goals, but both teams scored in only 3 of those.
Twente vs AZ Alkmaar Prediction
Twente is playing exceptionally well this season and they managed to go one-step higher when coming against the elite teams in the division. Before beating Ajax last week, they held PSV to a stalemate here and thus we can expect them to snatch at least a point against a depleted Alkmaar.
I am also expecting goals in this match, since Dutch Eredivisie matches rarely disappoint in that aspect. For some strong and encouraging stats, Twente saw over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 league games while AZ saw the same in all of their 5 away games this season.
Twente vs AZ Alkmaar Betting Tips
Double Chance – Home win or Draw @ 1.66 odd
Over 2.5 goals in the match @ 1.57 odd.