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Mar 13, 2021 at 7pm UK at AFAS Stadion, Alkmaar
AZAZ Alkmaar
FC TwenteFC Twente
Boadu (4'), Dumic (22' og.), Drommel (34' og.), Koopmeiners (78')
Martins Indi (43')
FT(HT: 3-1)
Gudmundsson (40' og.)
Dumic (36'), Zerrouki (57')

Preview: AZ Alkmaar vs. FC Twente - prediction, team news, lineups

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

After their four-game winning run was brought to an end last time out, AZ Alkmaar welcome FC Twente to the AFAS Stadion on Saturday aiming to get back to winning ways.

On the other hand, Twente are unbeaten in their last four Eredivisie matches, including a streak of three consecutive stalemates.

Match preview

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

AZ were unable to record a fifth league win on the bounce, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat versus Vitesse at the GelreDome on Sunday.

Pascal Jansen's men had the chance to pull seven points clear of their hosts, but their four-point lead has now been cut to one.

The Cheeseheads went behind 15 minutes before the interval as Lois Openda was on target for the 10th time this season to give his side a well-deserved lead.

With only 18 minutes left to play in the second half, things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Jacob Rasmussen doubled Vitesse's lead with a tidy finish.

AZ had a man advantage for the final 11 minutes of the tie after Enzo Cornelisse was sent off for a professional last-man tackle.

Saturday's hosts pulled one back through Jesper Karlsson, but that proved to be inconsequential as the 10 men held out for a crucial win in the race for third spot.

Ron Jans, now in charge of FC Twente, pictured in September 2019© Reuters

Twente were held to a 1-1 draw by Willem II on Saturday, and they missed the chance to move above Utrecht into seventh place on the log.

Ron Jans's men took the lead midway through the second half, but they were unable to see the game out as they conceded an equaliser in the 81st minute to Vangelis Pavlidis.

Next up for The Tukkers is a trip to a ground where they have lost their last five matches in all competitions by a combined score of 14-2.

Saturday's visitors were also beaten by the hosts in December's reverse fixture at the Grolsch Veste Stadium, and they have it all to do if they are to prevent AZ from completing a league double over them.

AZ Alkmaar Eredivisie form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

FC Twente Eredivisie form:
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • D

Team News

AZ Alkmaar players look dejected against Real Sociedad on November 5, 2020© Reuters

AZ's Fredrik Midtsjo has been ruled out for the match due to a torn muscle which he sustained in last month's win over Feyenoord.

Rens van der Wacht's involvement is still hanging in the balance as he hopes to shake off a knock just in time to play a part in the clash.

The duo of Julio Pleguezuelo and Vaclav Cerny picked up season-ending knee injuries a week apart in February, and they are unavailable for this one.

Twenty-year-old Kik Pierie is out with a minor illness, leaving Casper Staring with another opportunity to feature in the heart of the away side's defence.

Mees Hilgers has had just 15 minutes of playing time with the senior team so far, and he is ruled out for the game due to a hip injury.

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

FC Twente possible starting lineup:
Drommel; Dumic, Staring, Pleguezuelo, Smal; Zerrouki, Roemeratoe, Bosch; Menig, Danilo, Van Leeuwen

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We say: AZ Alkmaar 3-1 FC Twente

AZ Alkmaar were brought down to earth last time out, but they will look to bounce back as soon as possible. We are backing them to do so, and claim a relatively comfortable victory over a spirited Twente side.

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Friday's key events

· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

· Lauren Price will be looking to add to Team GB's success in the ring when she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands in the women's middleweight semi-final (6am)

· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
· The women's champions will be crowned as both Sweden and Canada aim to win Olympic gold for the very first time (1pm)

· The men's 5000m final includes Great Britain's Andrew Butchart, but most eyes will be on Ugandan world record holder Joshua Cheptegei (1pm)
· Team GB's Jodie Williams will hope to get on the podium in the women's 400m final, but defending champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo is favourite for gold while Stephenie Ann McPherson should challenge and Allyson Felix is bidding to become the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time (1.35pm)
· Netherlands' Sifan Hassan takes on leg two of her ambitious attempt at a Tokyo treble in a women's 1500m final which also includes Great Britain's Laura Muir and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya (1.50pm)
· A star-studded women's 4x100m relay final will see a Team GB quartet including Dina Asher-Smith look to upset defending champions USA and favourites Jamaica, who boast Elaine Thompson-Herah as she goes for her third gold of the Games (2.30pm)
· Great Britain and Jamaica will also be going for gold in the men's 4x100m relay final, and their medal hopes have been boosted by USA's failure to qualify (2.50pm)

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