Heerenveen vs AZ Alkmaar (By: Dajkula)
Heerenveen hosts AZ Alkmaar in round 19 of the Eredivisie. The hosts are placed 10`th on the table with 21 points but only 3 shy of relegation places. Only 1 point separates the 5 middle teams and all are dangerously close to the bottom. Heerenveen needs to pick up some pace but never this season have they been overly convincing or trustworthy. Heerenveen actually had much better games away from which suggests that they thrive when there is no pressure. They just played a stunning game against Ajax last week which ended 4:4. They also played with Ajax in the cup just 3 days ago and lost 3:1. There was no surprise this time but I do expect that these 2 games against Ajax have taken a lot of the team.
Heerenveen is actually quite poor on the home ground which is interesting. They were always the team to relish at home but not this season. Here they won just 1 match so far for a total of 1-3-4 and 14:21 gd. They have the second worst home defense of the league. Ajax, Utrecht, Feyenoord, and Heracles have taken the 3 points from here while Den Haag, Emmen, and Vitesse have taken a point.
There are also some problems of the financial nature it seems as Zeneli and Bulthuis were sold recently. Midfielder Thorsby(12-5) is injured. Nevertheless, Heerenveen has great attacking youth in their ranks with Vlap and Lammers both scoring 8 goals so far.
AZ started the second half much better and took a win over Utrecht 3:0 in the league and on Tuesday over Vitesse 2:0 in the cup. They kept the net clean and they announce possibly better times for AZ in spring. AZ is the 5`th team of the league with 28 points but they are far away from CL places. Europa League is the best they could do but neither that is secure. The teams are tightly wrapped. AZ hasn`t been convincing at home or on the road this season and is quite hit or miss. Away from home, they have 4-1-4 and 17:17 gd. They ended the year good as besides the loss to PSV they have 2 away wins and a draw. The coach has all available besides Wujtens(keeper,1-0).
AZ played their cup match on Tuesday and will be fresher. They lost their last home match with Heerenveen 2:3 but usually dominate this tie winning 4 of the last 5. The odds should be better but I will still take AZ today.
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Heerenveen vs AZ Alkmaar predictions
|AZ||Pinnacle||1.96||8||0-2 WON (+7.68 units)|
Heerenveen vs AZ Alkmaar betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Dajkula).