Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar by Meese
Ajax had an easy game last weekend at home, since the team took professional 3:0 victory over Excelsior. Milik was once again their best player, as he scored first two goals, in 44th and 55th minute, while Klaassen sealed the victory with their third goal five minutes before the final whistle.
It was their third consecutive victory, after the team's setbacks back in January, as they continued being second at the table, but having four points less than PSV, however with a game in hand now. The team needs to get a victory here in order to continue following PSV with a point less and to continue the title race with the same chances after PSV's win over Den Haag last night. Ajax is set to play in 4-3-3 formation with Younes, Ghazi and Milik as their forwards. Coach Frank de Boer switched to more offensive 3-4-3 formation last weekend, but is expected to get back to more traditional 4-3-3 for this game. Right back Kenny Tete (19/0) is injured, same as central defender Jairo Riedewald (21/0), both integral parts of the team.
AZ Alkmaar continued with their great form last weekend, when the team won at home over Groningen 4:1, making another impressive performance. More important, it was their seventh consecutive victory since the re-start of Eredivisie earlier in January.
That success was accompanied with their good results in Cup competition, as the team earned semifinals ticket where they'll play against Feyenoord later on. After seven consecutive victories, AZ finally took the third position with two points more than Utrecht and in case the team continues in the same manner, no doubt that the third position will be theirs. They are always playing for a goal more, which probably describes the best the fact that they have scored ten and conceded four goals in last two matches only. AZ Alkmaar will probably be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Janssen as their striker and Jahanbaksh, Henriksen and Santos as his offensive support. Coach John van den Brom will only miss offensive left midfielder Fernando Lewis (1/0) who anyway didn't contribute much this season. Visitors will be looking to get their eight consecutive victory this season, so there is no reason for van den Brom to change much here.
Goals is what I expect here. Ajax remains favorite to get the victory and likely will, however AZ Alkmaar is playing in a great form now and knows that they can't wait for counter attacks and be defensive here. Everything points out to very attractive and offensive game, where both teams should score with ease.