Fifth placed Feyenoord can only be disappointed with their defence of the Eredivisie title this season, especially after the manner in which they won the league. As things stand, fourth place is the best, realistic, position that the current champions can finish this season, as this weekend opponents AZ sit third with a fourteen point lead over Feyenoord. Sunday’s visitors find themselves just two points behind Ajax and know that a win this weekend could move the high flyers back into second place. Both sides still have plenty to play for, but AZ have certainly looked the more consistent and hungry side so far this season.
Back in October, when the two sides met for their reverse league fixture, Feyenoord hammered their hosts 4-0. The majority of the damage was done in the first half as Berghuis put Feyenoord in front on eleven minutes. Larsson added a second just six minutes later, and Berghuis scored his second of the game shortly before the break to make sure of the win for Feyenoord. Vilhena added a fourth during the second half as AZ tightened things up slightly at the back, but still struggled to break their guests down. In the end, what was a close game ended up being decided by the clinical finishing of the visitors, who scored with all of their four shots on target.
Heading into Sunday’s latest head to head between the two clubs it’s the visitors AZ who claim the title of form favourites, after they won five of their last six matches and drew the other one. Feyenoord have been hit and miss in recent weeks, winning three and losing three of their last six and haven’t managed back to back league wins since returning from the winter break. Both teams have scored in three of both Feyenoord’s and AZ’s last six matches, with the hosts scoring in all of those games and AZ only failing to score once during those last six games. Four of the last six meetings between the two clubs have also ended with both sides getting on the scoreboard, so we’re expecting goals at both ends on Sunday.
Berghuis, who scored twice when the pair last locked horns, leads the way in front of goal for Feyenoord with twelve goals in the Eredivisie this season. Jahanbakhsh and Weghorst have formed a formidable partnership up front for the visitors, scoring a combined twenty-three goals in the league this season.
With all of the above in mind, we’re confident that this game will see both sides score, as the pair have both looked excellent going forward in recent weeks. As for a final score, well, we believe AZ have enough to take a point from this game, but the memory of October’s 4-0 demolition in the reverse fixture could hinder their chances of victory, and as such we’ve backed a 1-1 draw.
Head To Head
These two teams have met eighty-three times before, and with 45 wins, 20 draws, and 18 defeats it’s Feyenoord who have dominated this fixture over the years.
Feyenoord vs AZ Alkmaar Stats
- Both teams have scored in three of Feyenoord’s last six matches.
- Both teams have scored in three of AZ’s last six matches.
- Four of the last six meetings between Feyenoord and AZ have seen both sides score.
- Feyenoord have scored in each of their last six matches.
- AZ have scored in five of their last six matches.