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Jan 16, 2021 at 8pm UK at AFAS Stadion, Alkmaar
AZAZ Alkmaar
2-1
ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag
Aboukhlal (72', 89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Kramer (58')

Preview: AZ Alkmaar vs. ADO Den Haag - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Eredivisie clash between AZ Alkmaar and ADO Den Haag, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

AZ Alkmaar host a relegation-threatened ADO Den Haag on Saturday, hoping to make it two wins in a row on the back of Wednesday's impressive 3-1 away win at PSV Eindhoven, which brought them within three points of their opponents on the day.

On the other hand, Den Haag will want to bounce back from a 4-1 home demolition by VVV Venlo courtesy of four goals by Giorgos Giakoumakis, which left them 16th in the Eredivisie table.


Match preview

AZ Alkmaar's Albert Guomundsson celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates in October 2020© Reuters

AZ currently possess the longest active unbeaten streak in the league, having not tasted defeat in six matches, since losing 2-1 to Groningen last December.

In that time, they have picked up 14 of the next 18 points, and have moved up from seventh to fourth in the Eredivisie table.

However, too many draws over the course of the season have hampered the Cheeseheads' title chances to a significant extent.

Nonetheless, Pascal Jansen's men trail league leaders Ajax by just four points, albeit having played an extra game.

Den Haag have won only one of their last 12 league games dating back to last October, which was a narrow 1-0 victory at RKC Waalwijk last Saturday.

Ruud Brood's men are off the bottom of the table by a single point, and they are in serious danger of a return to the Eerste Divisie for the first time in 13 years.

Inefficiency on both ends of the field has been the summary of their season so far as they currently have not only the second-worst attacking record in the league behind RKC Waalwijk, but also the third-worst defensive record behind Emmen and VVV-Venlo.

Things have to improve on either end if not both or else, relegation becomes inevitable for De Ooievaars.

AZ Alkmaar Eredivisie form: WWWDDW

ADO Den Haag Eredivisie form: DDLLWL


Team News

Dani De Wit sustained an ankle injury in his side's last league loss against Groningen last December, and the Dutch midfielder is still unavailable for the home team.

Yukinari Sugawara will continue at right-back, having deputised well for the injured Jonas Svensson.

ADO Den Haag will have to deal with the continued absence of Peet Bijen, who pulled up 15 minutes into his side's KNVB-Beker triumph over Sparta Rotterdam.

Nineteen-year-old Vicente Besuijen could be rested for this one, having featured in all but three of his side's 16 league games so far.

AZ Alkmaar possible starting lineup:
Bizot; Wijndal, Martins Indi, Hatzidiakos, Sugawara; Koopmeiners, Midtsjo, Stengs; Karlsson, Boadu, Gudmundsson

ADO Den Haag possible starting lineup:
Koopmans; Kempers, Pinas, Janmaat, Van Ewijk; Castillo, Goossens, Vejinovic; Kishma, Kramer, Ould-Chikh


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We say: AZ Alkmaar 3-0 ADO Den Haag

AZ have been devastating in front of goal all season long, and you would fancy that to continue, given that they are going up against a side with a defensive record as poor as Den Haag's.


Top betting tip

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How you voted: AZ vs ADO Den Haag

AZ Alkmaar
82.4%
Draw
11.8%
ADO Den Haag
5.9%
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AZ Alkmaar's Albert Guomundsson celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates in October 2020
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax17132258134541
2Vitesse17122331131838
3PSV EindhovenPSV17114241192237
4Feyenoord17105232131935
5AZ AlkmaarAZ1797141251634
6Groningen179442521431
7FC Twente178453324928
8Heerenveen175752526-122
9Sparta RotterdamSparta176382830-221
10FC UtrechtUtrecht174942224-221
11Fortuna SittardSittard175482534-919
12Heracles175391928-918
13PEC Zwolle173861726-917
14VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo174492745-1816
15RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk173591529-1414
16Willem II1724112036-1610
17ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag1724111641-2510
18EmmenEmmen1705121745-285

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