Tip Ajax - AZ Alkmaar
Prediction published on December 8, 2021 at 10:33 PM - Modified on December 8, 2021 at 11:34 PM
Ajax are showing this season why they should be considered amongst the very best sides in all of Europe, not just the Eredivisie. They are top of the table and will look to put some breathing room between themselves and second place Feyenoord, currently separated by just a point. The Dutch giants come into this one one the back of winning five straight across all competitions, outscoring their opponents 17-3 during that stretch. Eighth place AZ Alkmaar travel to the Johan Cruyff Arena in what is most definitely considered to be the toughest fixture on the schedule list. De Kaasboeren have just won back to back home matches, defeating Fortuna Sittard and Sparta Rotterdam, so confidence should be high. Unfortunately, they have struggled mightily away from home, earning only seven points in eight games.
Ajax have a remarkable goal differential this season, highlighting just how good they have been so far. The Amsterdammers have scored a staggering 48 goals in the league while conceding just two. In addition to their domestic dominance, they have won all six of their Champions League group stage matches, scoring 20 while conceding five. Ajax join an elite group of just 10 other teams to navigate the Champions League group stages with a 100% record. Influential captain Dusan Tadic missed out on Ajax’s 4-2 victory against Sporting in their last match. According to manager Erik ten Hag, he has been suffering from a back injury since the end of October. His absence would be a big miss as he is the team’s chief playmaker and best performing player this season - leading the team in assists, key passes and clear cut chances created.
Key points Ajax - AZ Alkmaar
AZ have failed to score in their last three away league matches.
Four of AZ’s last five matches have resulted in under 3.5 goals.
Ajax have conceded just one goal at home and have kept a clean sheet in seven out of eight.
Conclusion Ajax - AZ Alkmaar
AZ Alkmaar play a much more conservative brand of football away from home. Look for them to continue with this strategy as they will try to limit an Ajax team who could be without their talisman and main offensive threat. Having played in midweek and coming off the high of going six for six in the Champions League, we could potentially see some tired legs here. Back the under 3.5 goals in a match that Ajax should control, with 2-0 being a likely scoreline for the home side. 1xbet provides fantastic odds for the under 3.5 so look to take advantage of the welcome bonus.
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