After a surprising and completely unexpected loss at home against Willem II, players of AZ Alkmaar responded with far better performances in the next two competitive matches. Firstly it was a victory in the Cup competition away to Oss during the midweek, but also a 1:2 victory on the road to Heerenveen last Saturday evening.
This time the visitors from Alkmaar appeared in a completely authoritative mood on the field, taking the lead via a goal from de Wit in the 35th minute completely deservedly. Even though the hosts reacted and leveled up the result in the middle of the second, they responded within three minutes re-gaining the lead via a goal from Boadu.
Overall, they looked very concrete with the chances created and actually should have scored more. It was the home side that exploited one of their rare chances created.
This was a great response for AZ since they reacted with a victory after two back to back defeats in Eredivisie.
Combined with a setback from Ajax, this is now a must-win situation for the hosts as they stand just three points behind the leaders from Ajax.
Central defender Hatzidiakos (11/1) is out injured, same as offensive midfielder Gudmundsson (4/0).
Waalwijk suffered yet another defeat last Saturday evening at home going down to Venlo in a 1:2 loss. They were actually the first who scored a goal, back in the 15th minute thanks to Hansson and had the lead all the way till the last fifteen minutes of the match.
They are completely the only ones to be blamed for such a result since the team looked less and less interested to attack as the time passed by.
Even so, they were the ones who had more of the ball possession but allowed themselves something that can not happen in professional football - that the opponents show bigger desire towards the end.
Once they got reverted in the scoreline within six minutes, RKC completely lost the momentum and weren't able to respond back properly.
This was their fourth defeat in the last five Eredivisie rounds, and are still stuck at the last bottom position at the table. That's seven points behind playout placed Zwolle and without a proper plan on how to get out of the red zone.
Central back Drost (3/0) and offensive midfielder Elbers (7/1) are injured for the guests.
AZ Alkmaar has scored at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 11 matches against RKC Waalwijk.
After getting back to positive ways in Heerenveen, this match now should be all about AZ considering all the facts. They even have a chance to get involved in the title race, while RKC doesn't remind of an opponent being able to really fought into this one.
Anything but a commanding role of the home team and their convincing victory will be a surprise, even though the line offered may look too big to many of bettors.
AZ vs RKC betting tips
AZ -2 Asian Handicap (Stake: 8)Odds: 1.76 at Pinnacle
Result: 4-0 WON (+6.08 units)