Willem II vs AZ Alkmaar
Dutch KNVB Beker
Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Koning Willem II Stadion (Tilburg).
Willem II took advantage of the somewhat easier cup draw to match last term’s success and reach the semi-final. They will face by far the most serious obstacle yet at this stage and going all the way to the final will be quite a big challenge for the team led by Adrie Koster.
The opposition comes in the likes of last season runners-up AZ Alkmaar. The hosts will try and build their success on the shocking 2-1 victory over the Cheeseheads when teams met each other in the last game of the previous Eredivisie Matchday on Sunday. Willem II thus ended AZ’s splendid six-win streak in all competitions.
Interestingly, this win came literally out of nowhere as it followed three successive league defeats. Tricolores were super easy to break down allowing two or more goals in each of game during the mentioned three-loss run.
Willem II vs AZ Alkmaar: Head-to-head
Willem proved out to be tricky opposition for the Cheeseheads in the most recent set of head to head encounters.
Tricolores won two on the spin against Alkmaar.
Only three of last 12 head to head matches saw goals scored at both ends.
Overall, Willem II have a positive home record against AZ (9 wins, 4 draws and 7 defeats).
Willem II vs AZ Alkmaar: Prediction
Willem’s form has been so inconsistent throughout the season. They sit 10th in the Eredivisie ladder and they only won three of eleven home outings in the league this term. However, one of these wins came just four days ago against AZ Alkmaar which is why you should be careful with the stakes backing the away win at 1.66 here.
We do believe AZ will make it to the final as cup is their only way for a potential trophy this season. They sit 4th in the league ladder and can’t challenge the top-two finish and a place in the Champions league next term.
Furthermore, we have to respect AZ’s incredible spell of form with six consecutive clean sheet wins in all competitions before last weekend’s failure in Tilburg. The visitors have the quality and motivation which should be enough for the victory here.
Willem II vs AZ Alkmaar: Bet Tips
AZ Alkmaar to win @ 1.66 (4/6)
AZ Alkmaar Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.61 (8/13).