AZ Alkmaar had generally more difficult game than what the final result shows, as the side visited Twente last Wednesday evening and managed to walk away with a 4:0 result, but the game was far away from a walkover.
They did take the lead in tenth minute, from a penalty kick taken by Jahanbakhsh, but the hosts were playing some really decent football for the most of the clash. Second halftime was especially an open one, with both teams having their chances, but once Twente stood playing with a man less, in 73rd minute it was easier for the visiting team.
Even though they played with a man less, they tried to risk as much as possible and paid the price for it in the end, since the hosts conceded three goals in last few minutes of the clash for the final 4:0 result (two goals from Weghorst and second from Jahanbakhsh).
With this victory players of AZ Alkmaar managed to make amends after their setback against Roda at home, keeping the third position with five points less than second placed Ajax, therefore remaining in a must win situation.
Hosts continue to miss midfielders Jeremy Helmer (9/1), Marko Vejinovic (7/0), offensive Oussama Idrissi (15/4) and forward Calvin Stengs (1/0).
Venlo, on the other side, didn’t manage to make more impressive performance last Wednesday evening as the side suffered 3:0 quite heavy defeat away to Willem II, even though they had all the chances to walk away with something, at least on the paper.
They didn’t look that poor on the field, but simply lacked more effort in last phase of attack, while the hosts exactly knew what they wanted on the field and somehow looked as way more mature side overall. Ogbeche brought them into the lead in 44th, while the victory was sealed at the start of second via Rienstra and Croux.
It was all over for Venlo already after few minutes in the repetition, as they had some decent phases in second, but already once the game was determined. This was their first defeat after five consecutive matches in Eredivisie, as the side now stands at tenth position, having five points less than play-off placed Vitesse. They should have no injury worries for this one.
~ AZ Alkmaar have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches against VVV-Venlo.
Venlo is having decent season so far, however match against AZ Alkmaar away from home should be really too much for them this time. There’s certain individual quality difference that can not be ignored and if their defensive lineup repeats anything similar to last time out game against Willem II, than they could be awaiting even more difficult game than what they expect to have.