AZ Alkmaar – PSV Predictions
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AZ Alkmaar 1-2 PSV
Date: 28.05.2023 | Match at: 13:30 | League: NETHERLANDS: EREDIVISIE – ROUND 34 | Tip: Over 2.5 Goals | Odds: 1.49 | Bookie: Unibet.
AZ Alkmaar – PSV Predictions and Preview
- The Eredivisie champion and relegated class have already been determined, but there are still a trio of clubs following Feyenoord who have to pull out all the stops for their best final ranking possible. Two of those teams will meet here in Alkmaar jostling for the various UEFA places on offer for the top four sides. Fourth-ranked AZ Alkmaar could surpass Ajax with a victory, but opponent PSV Eindhoven could even give up their second place to the side from Amsterdam with a loss here!
- AZ should be quite proud of their current campaign in which they reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Conference League whilst winning their first UEFA Youth League title, and any improvement on last season’s finish (fifth) will make it complete. Having won six of their last seven games against PSV, there’s plenty of recent history to inspire them to do just that.
- The bubble burst at PSV last Wednesday and a new era will be beginning – but not yet. There was already deep speculation about new managers for both Feyenoord and Ajax, but it is PSV that will first be on the lookout after the departure of Ruud van Nistelrooy. His assistant Fred Rutten will take charge of the group for this final league fixture, but he too will be leaving the club following this season.
- The off-season is coming at the right time for PSV following some unrest late in the season, for it remains unclear who complained internally about a lack of confidence in van Nistelrooy’s leadership. But with a place in the preliminaries of the UEFA Champions League on the line, it will have to be parked aside for one more day.
- Players to watch: Vangelis Pavlidis is normally one to finish goalscoring plays, but across his last two games he has delivered a total of four assists. PSV striker Luuk de Jong, on the other hand, scored eight times in his last seven matches in the Eredivisie.
- Hot stat: All but three of the last 11 H2Hs produced more than 2.5 total goals.
- A fifth-place finish and an appearance in the postseason European playoffs has already been stamped for FC Twente, so there’s not much at stake here against Ajax Amsterdam other than some momentum ahead of that journey. Nonetheless, Ron Jans’ side will try one more time to entertain their home crowd in the regular season, a mission at which they have often succeeded. Twente are the only club other than champions Feyenoord to have not lost at home this league season (W12, D4), though they’re coming up against the one club to have eliminated them from the KNVB Cup at home.
- Twente have piled on at least three goals in each of their last four games, racking up some big margins along the way courtesy of five clean sheets from their last seven Eredivisie games, albeit against opponents much weaker than Ajax. Whilst their league ranking cannot change following this weekend, a rare win at home to Ajax after failing in 13 of their last 14 attempts would be tasty.
- There is no club for which so much could change during this final round than visitors Ajax. The Amsterdammers head into Sunday in third place, but are the only club in the competition that can both climb up and drop down the table. In addition to what happens here, their success (or failure) will be depending largely on the result between AZ and PSV. With three UEFA club competitions within reach, everything is on the line.
- It has become evident that anything short of another berth in the Champions League will be hugely disappointing for Ajax’s beloved, but only time will tell how much of a failure the season turns out to be if they fall short. The club from the capital have remained undefeated in 20 of their last 22 meetings with Twente, so it is certainly not inconceivable that they could be the ones to end the hosts’ unbeaten home stretch.
- Players to watch: Twente left back Gijs Smal has produced an impressive total of five assists in his last six Eredivisie matches in addition to a goal of his own last round. Ajax spearhead Steven Bergwijn has found the back of the net in three of his last six league appearances.
- Hot stat: Ajax scored at least three goals in 80% of their 20 Eredivisie victories this season.