AZ Alkmaar managed to get important three pointer last weekend on Saturday afternoon as the side visited Breda and celebrated 3:1 victory. After their setback at home against Venlo, the side quickly responded with much better performance and once again proved their efficiency.
They were completely better and dominant in both halftimes, with the difference that the second one was a bit more open overall from both ends, as Jahanbakhsh opened up the scoreline in 32nd minute, with Til and Seunthens increasing the lead at the start of second, while Breda tried to react and had some decent phases, only managing to reduce the deficit in 85th minute thanks to goal from Sadiq.
AZ is now still third at the table, having eight points more than fourth placed Feyenoord, but still surely dreaming of catching the Champions League ticket even though Ajax is second with seven points more – still a victory here is their absolute and only goal.
Hosts should be playing in a version of 4-2-3-1 formation with Weghorst as central striker, plus Overeem, Seuntjens and Jahanbakhsh as offensive midfielders. Forward Calvin Stengs (1/0) and midfielder Marko Vejinovic (7/0) are both injured, similar to defensive midfielder Teun Koopmeiners (16/1) and midfielder Jeremy Helmer (9/1), both having very little chances to appear in this one.
After defeats against Utrecht and PSV Eindhove, players of Sparta Rotterdam didn’t improve much last Sunday afternoon, but still managed to take a point in surely a lucky way in a 1:1 draw away to Twente.
First halftime was spent in the domination of Twente, as the hosts deserved to take the lead but the goal never came – something they need to work on if they are to avoid relegation troubles. Second halftime looked exactly the same, however the guests took the lead via Friday in 62nd minute, in one of rare chances for them.
Even though the hosts attacked from first till last and especially in last phase of the match, they could only level up the result in 85th minute via Vuckic. With a point taken players of Sparta surely did improve their morale a bit, but still staying at the rock bottom position with two points less than play-out placed sides and five less than safely placed Willem II. Away from home they are close to irrelevant Eredivisie side.
Guests are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation as well, using Friday most likely as central striker, but also with Brogno, Moorsel and Ahannach as offensive support. Defender Janne Saksela remains long term absentee without performing so far in the season, while important defender Sander Fischer (20/0) and midfielder Kenneth Dougall (24/1) are both suspended for this clash with accumulated yellow cards. Goalkeeper Roy Kortsmit (19/0) is doubtful.
~ AZ Alkmaar are undefeated in their last 20 matches against Sparta Rotterdam.
Sparta picked up a point last time out, but needs to be said that they were more lucky than what a team usually deserves to be. Without much of offensive power and with important duo missing, it can easily backfire to them now, since the players of AZ Alkmaar don’t need much chances in order start scoring.