Utrecht vs AZ
Date: Saturday, 20 October 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Galgenwaard (Utrecht).
Utrecht took advantage of the easier fixture to see off the rock-bottomed NAC Breda 2-1 at home in the previous round. It was only their second win of the campaign and it came after another sloppy display even though they played such a weak opposition on the occasion.
We thus have reasons to say AZ will have a nice chance to bounce back from a demolishing 5-0 defeat to last term runners-up Ajax away at Johan Cruijff Arena. The Cheeseheads were completely outplayed by obviously much stronger rival. Nonetheless, they still sit inside the top six in the league ladder and have right to hope for a result on Saturday evening away at Stadion Galgenwaard.
Utrecht vs AZ: Head-to-head
AZ lead the head to head tie by 6 wins coming into their 46th encounter against Utrecht.
The Cheeseheads picked up four points from two last term meetings with Utrecht (3-0 win at home and a 1-1 draw on the road).
At least three goals were seen in nine of last ten head to head affairs.
Utrecht have a positive record against AZ in matches at Stadion Galgenwaard where they won 11 and lost 7 of 23.
Utrecht vs AZ: Prediction
It’s been an underwhelming campaign so far in the season for Utrecht under Dick Advocaat. They dropped home points against the likes of VVV (1-1 draw) and Emmen (1-2 defeat) being winless in four games on travels at the same time.
However, their attacking line should have plenty of space to deliver here against AZ who allowed seven goals in last two Eredivisie outings. Since nine of last ten head to head matches brought three or more goals, we just have to go for the Over 2.5 goals FT bet at 1.53 as the main betting option here.
As for the outcome, there is a massive value in backing AZ to win at 2.70, while the more conservative punters will fancy the visitors not to lose at 1.57.
Utrecht vs AZ: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53 (8/15)
AZ or Draw Double Chance @ 1.57 (4/7).