Feyenoord slipped to fourth place following their aforementioned defeat to Ajax, who are now six points clear of them in the title race.
However, standing in their way this time is an AZ team that possesses the only unbeaten away record in the division, having not tasted defeat in nine league matches away from the AFAS Stadion.
Historically, this fixture has gone Feyenoord's way more often than not, although it is more worth mentioning that Saturday's visitors won on their last trip to De Kuip.
De club van het volk are definitely coming into the game on a high after securing safe passage into the last eight of the KNVB-Beker by defeating Heracles Almelo 3-2 on Wednesday.
AZ are on a seven-game unbeaten run in the league, stretching back to a 2-1 defeat versus Groningen last December.
Pascal Jansen's men were knocked out of the KNVB-Beker on Wednesday by Ajax in a 2-1 defeat, so the league is their only remaining possible source of silverware this season as they have also been knocked out of the Europa League.
The Cheeseheads are seven points adrift of Ajax at the moment, and they will look to keep the pressure on as much as possible leading up to their meeting with the league leaders in a week's time.
A defeat either at the weekend or against Ajax could ultimately condemn them to yet another trophyless season.
Feyenoord Eredivisie form: WLWWWL
Feyenoord form (all competitions): LWWWLW
AZ Alkmaar Eredivisie form: WWDDWW
AZ Alkmaar form (all competitions): WDDWWL
Dani De Wit got injured against Groningen last December, and the midfielder has not featured for AZ since.
Feyenoord's Robert Bozenik is nearing a return to action as he steps up his recovery from an ankle injury.
Feyenoord possible starting lineup:
Marsman; Geertruida, Spajic, Senesi, Malacia; Toornstra, Fer, Diemers; Berghuis, Jorgensen, Linssen
AZ Alkmaar possible starting lineup:
Bizot; Wijndal, Martins Indi, Hatzidiakos, Sugawara; Koopmeiners, Midtsjo, Stengs; Karlsson, Boadu, Gudmundsson
We say: Feyenoord 2-1 AZ Alkmaar
Feyenoord will be looking to bounce back from the defeat to Ajax last time out, and a home game is a perfect opportunity to do so as shown by their record this season, but it is hard to see AZ failing to score in this one.