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Dest 22 H. Ziyech 6 D.Ajax has always been on the highest shelf of Dutch football. They are the most successful and decorated domestic club with no less than 34 Eredivisie titles in the 63 seasons played so far. On the other side stands Alkmaar with two league titles, the last coming in under Louis Van Gaal. This huge gap is visible on the head-to-head results as well: before the current season, AZ managed to collect only 53 points from the available against Ajax.
In this tactical analysiswe will investigate all the reasons behind it. AZ, a traditionally small club, is without question the biggest surprise of the current campaign: they are sitting in the second position in the table, level on points with their giant counterpart, trailing only by worse goal difference.
In Arne Slot, the club has a young, ambitious but consistent coach with clear objectives and disciplines despite his limited previous managerial experience. He has already built up an excellent cohesion of young, homegrown prospects — with the likes of Myron Boadu, currently the second top scorer of the league with 14 goals or Teun Koopmeiners who earned the captaincy at only 21 years of age — and more experienced players with a significant routine on the highest level.
However, their main strength has turned out to be their defence: they have allowed an average of 10,6 shots per game and conceded only 17 times, both the best figures in the league. They arrived at each game with Ajax in different veins of form: enjoying a six-win streak in the Eredivisie before the first match even though just suffering a defeat in the Europa Cup against Manchester United while they were freshly eliminated from the Europa League by LASK Linz before the second occasion.
Obviously, playing against Ajax is always different from the other games, demanding a specific approach and significant changes in the tactics. However, Ajax was definitely not in their best shape: in December they were defeated on home soil two times in a row: by Willem II in the Eredivisie and Valencia in the Champions League — the latter also meaning a relegation from the competition, a devastating result after the semi-final achieved in the previous season.
Similarly, they arrived at the second game against AZ with two losses from three, being relegated from the Europa League as well, this time by Getafe, another Spanish outfit. On top of all, Ajax had to deal with a significant amount and quality of players unavailable for the games. As mentioned, AZ is a team spending a lot of time on the ball, dominating the midfield and building up patiently. However, Arne Slot was perfectly aware that playing against Ajax inevitably requires a different approach and tactics, and that they will not be able to keep the ball as much as they are generally used to.
This concept indicates that giving the ball away is not necessarily a bad thing but a chance to disturb the opponent and gain momentum in the offence.
In this system the whole team acts as a unity and aims to slow down the opponent, kill their creativity and rise above them mentally — something very typical of AZ in both matches.
The players were very sharp, looking for opportunities and reacting quickly to any mistakes of Ajax. Myron Boadu and Calvin Stengs were leading the line with Oussama Idrissi and Dani de Wit providing strong support behind or one of them joining as a third attacker.
This time, however, they were just unable to find their regular passing lanes. Apart from cutting the corridors and marking the zones, one of the AZ players were constantly attacking the player with the ball at high intensity, forcing them to make quicker and thereby worse decisions which Alkmaar could take advantage of. This intensive approach led to several chances and directly resulted in one of the goals. In the early minutes of the second game, AZ put constant pressure on the opposite defence near to their penalty area: they were closing down the passing lanes with four players while Oussama Idrissi was attacking the player with the ball.
Given this 5-vs. Even though one of them could have easily kicked the ball away much earlier, they stuck to their style and tried to get out of this tight position on the ground. At some stages of the game, especially during the meeting in March, AZ chose a different approach and let their opponent come to their half of the pitch more often. Just like the high and intensive pressing, this was also an intentional and conscious strategy.
In these cases, they set up their first line of defence around meters from their goal.Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar prediction arrives ahead of the Eredivisie 25th round matchup. For this game, I will try to provide the best betting tips and correct score predictions based on my analysis of these two teams.
Bookmakers put Ajax as the clear favourites this time around, and I could only completely agree with that one. They both love to play an open and attacking style of football, with their Head-to-Head matches mainly finishing with 3 or more goals netted. In fact, in 4 of their last 5 matches, we saw 3 or more goals being scored. Ajax will clearly start strong, trying to score an early goal.
AZ Alkmaar has 50 points so far, enough for 2nd place right now. By looking at that, we can see that Ajax is coming at the worst possible time for them with them probably facing another bad game in this campaign. Ajax is first at the moment, with 53 points. Ajax is a clear favourite to defend their title from last year. Ajax wins, but concedes at least one goal, as AZ Alkmaar usually scores at their games. Match prediction: Ajax to Win.
Best odds: 1. Correct score prediction: 2 — 1. I looked at their recent performances and their styles of play. Ajax is in a slightly better form right now, as I can see their win with both teams scoring here. Ajax AZ Alkmaar Draw AZ Alkmaar. Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar Prediction. March 01 0 : 2. This match has finished. Match prediction: Ajax to Win Best odds: 1.
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AZ Alkmaar 2. AZ Alkmaar 0.Final Score. Over 1. Over 2. League Pos. Premium will get you more wins. Subscribe today! Over 0. Over 3. Clean Sheets. Over 4. Over 5. Under 0. Under 1. Under 2. Under 3. Under 4. Under 5. Eredivisie Home Table. Eredivisie Away Table. Eredivisie Table. You need to log in or create an account in order to view predictions from other users. Create your account in seconds. View All Football Predictions. The match ended 0 - 2 to AZ. Since this match is over, we suggest you check out the head to head statistics for the next meeting between Ajax and AZ.
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The Netherlands is one of a handful of European countries to abort the rest of the season after the country went into lockdown due to the pandemic. As a result, no title was awarded and no team was relegated. AZ believe they should have been made the top placed team as they had beaten Ajax both home and away in the league this season. We decided the places in European club competition next season on the basis of three criteria: transparency, objectivity and sportsmanship.
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Sign up.Three points behind league leaders, with a spectacular GD ofCheeseheads can claim top spot with a W on Sunday. Sons of the Gods just had to remain unbeaten to pass their group and after going down, they kept missing chance after chance and ended up punished for that. That defeat was their second in the season, following a shocking loss to Willem II just last week at their home ground.
Despite that, de Gondenzonen are still the best team in the country. Their away record speaks volumes. Six wins, two draws, zero losses. All while terrorizing defenses left and right, putting 24 goals past them. David Neres and Zakaria Labyad are still recovering from knee-related injuries while Quincy Promes is most likely still out following muscle issues.
Over 2. These are teams crowded with attacking talent and with their h2h history, I think we can expect another exciting clash and goals galore. Four of their last six games at AFAS Stadion went over that and those were against teams who played with most of the players in the box. And despite their recent slump, I expect The Lancers to win here and separate themselves on the top. Their players are fuming following Champions League exit and AZ might end up suffering the consequences.
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