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Jan 24, 2021 at 3.45pm UK at De Kuip
FeyenoordFeyenoord
2-3
AZAZ Alkmaar
Jorgensen (32'), Diemers (58')
Sinisterra (90+7')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Karlsson (10'), Boadu (47', 70')

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

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Eredivisie clash between Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

AZ Alkmaar have the chance to leapfrog Feyenoord into fourth place in the Eredivisie table when they visit them on Sunday.

The home side saw their three-game winning streak come to an end as they were beaten 1-0 by Ajax last Sunday, while AZ secured a 2-1 comeback victory against ADO Den Haag the day before.


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Feyenoord manager Dick Advocaat pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Feyenoord slipped to fourth place following their aforementioned defeat to Ajax, who are now six points clear of them in the title race.

Dick Advocaat's men will want to respond to their most recent loss as they did to the one prior to that, which came against Vitesse, and was followed by three straight wins.

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

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


Team News

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

Jonas Svensson's continued absence provides another opportunity for Yukinari Sugawara to star for the away side.

Another player who has benefitted from the absence of a first-team regular is Nick Marsman, who has filled in for the injured Justin Bijlow in the last few months for Saturday's hosts.

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


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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.


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How you voted: Feyenoord vs AZ

Feyenoord
56.8%
Draw
31.8%
AZ Alkmaar
11.4%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax22182272175556
2PSV EindhovenPSV23155354252950
3AZ AlkmaarAZ23137352331946
4Feyenoord23127444222243
5Vitesse23133735241142
6Groningen2311663024639
7FC UtrechtUtrecht2281043628834
8FC Twente239773730734
9Fortuna SittardSittard2394103541-631
10Heerenveen237973131030
11Heracles2384112435-1128
12Sparta RotterdamSparta2265113238-623
13PEC Zwolle2341182837-923
14RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk2357112235-1322
15VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo2264123656-2022
16Willem II2335152554-2914
17ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag2328132050-3014
18EmmenEmmen2316162053-339

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