Match Preview: Utrecht 2-2 AZ Alkmaar Predictions and Betting Tips 27.12.2020

Utrecht – AZ Alkmaar Predictions

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Utrecht 2-2 AZ Alkmaar

Date: 27.12.2020 | Match at: 14:30 | League: NETHERLANDS: Eredivisie – Round 1 | Tip: Over 2.5 Goals | Odds: 1.59 | Bookie: Unibet


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  • Mid-table, and 3+ wins adrift of the top seven over Christmas, Utrecht face a mountainous task in the chase for European contention. They recently won 3-2, to end a woeful eight-game Eredivisie winless run, but have still scored fewer goals than at this stage of any campaign across the last decade (1.23 per-match).
  • Though Utrecht have conceded the opening goal in half of their home league games so far, only one team (Feyenoord) has picked up more points than them when doing so (W1. D1, L1). On the flip side, Utrecht have drawn despite heading into a 1-0 lead in their last two home league games.
  • Visiting AZ protect a three-game winning run here and are yet to draw a game under Pascal Jansen’s leadership (W3, L2). Notably, all five games under Jansen’s charge have seen both teams score and over 2.5 total goals, whilst two saw the opening scorers go on to lose.
  • Away from home, AZ remain the only unbeaten Eredivisie side (W3, D3) despite keeping just one clean sheet on their travels and averaging 1.83 conceded goals per-game. No home side is yet to keep AZ from scoring before HT (HT: W5, D1) whilst they’ve eclipsed a -1 handicap before the interval in four of their Eredivisie road trips.
  • Players to watch: With his match opener last time out, 33-year-old Eljero Elia became the oldest player to score his first goal for Utrecht since Alfons Groenendijk in 1998. Another player bursting onto the scene is AZ’s Jesper Karlsson, who has recorded ten goal contributions across his first 11 Eredivisie appearances (five goals, five assists).
  • Hot stat: Utrecht boss René Hake is yet to win after four H2Hs with AZ (D1, L3), each of which saw both teams score and over 2.5 total goals.
Head-to-head matches: UTRECHT – AZ ALKMAAR
01.08.20CFUtrechtAZ Alkmaar1 : 0
23.11.19EREUtrechtAZ Alkmaar0 : 3
19.01.19EREAZ AlkmaarUtrecht3 : 0
20.10.18EREUtrechtAZ Alkmaar2 : 1
19.01.18EREUtrechtAZ Alkmaar1 : 1

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