Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar Match Analysis & Prediction
06/05/2023 10:00 pm
At the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday, Ajax will host AZ Alkmaar in a matchup that might be crucial for both teams.
The two teams will need a victory to stay in the race for the final Champions League position in the Eredivisie.
However, Ajax enters the game fresh off a dismal week that has left them facing the prospect of a trophyless campaign without Champions League qualifying.
They lost the KNVB Beker final to the same opponents on penalties last weekend after losing the Eredivisie title to PSV Eindhoven two weeks ago by a score of 3-0 at De Topper.
In the race for the Champions League, defeat would put Pascal Jansen’s team eight points behind PSV and five behind Ajax.
The allure of a title and a more difficult European tournament next season may become the only focus, with a Europa Conference League semifinal match against West Ham United to follow.
To avoid being forced to compete in the Europa Conference League playoffs for the Eredivisie, they must still ensure Sparta Rotterdam is kept at a safe distance behind them.
Ajax vs. AZ Alkmaar Head to head
Both sides have 35 games against each other with hosts taking 19 wins while visitors with 10 wins and 6 draws.
Ajax Team News
Ajax will monitor Mohammed Kudus’ health before this match; the Ghanaian is questionable after missing the previous four games due to a muscle problem.
Jorge Sanchez might be replaced in the starting XI by Devyne Rensch, who made his comeback last weekend in the cup final following a six-game sabbatical.
Ajax's Last 5 Matches
AZ Alkmaar Team News
However, Jansen might have access to three players scheduled to recover from their injuries soon.
Dani De Wit, who hasn’t played since January due to a foot ailment, may follow Bruno Martins Indi, who has only appeared four times this season, in making a quick recovery from a hip injury.
AZ Alkmaar's Last 5 Matches
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