Feyenoord vs AZ Match Analysis & Prediction
07/02/2024 11:00 pm
Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar take a break from their respective Eredivisie campains on Wednesday night with a showdown in the KNVB Beker quarter-finals.
With PSV Eindhoven running away with matters in the Dutch top flight, this competition represents these two teams’ best chance of silverware this season.
All things considered, Feyenoord can be satisfied with the current defence of their Eredivisie title, with a total of 46 points from 20 matches being an excellent return.
However, there will be disappointment that they sit 10 points behind PSV, not helped by recent draws against NEC Nijmegen and Twente respectively.
A 1-0 victory over AZ in a league match on away territory on Sunday has boosted the chances of Arne Slot’s side at a time when PSV were held by Ajax.
Feyenoord got the better of PSV in the last 16, claiming a 1-0 victory over their domestic rivals, in a tie which followed a 2-1 win over FC Utrecht in the previous round.
On the other hand, AZ are in desperate need of getting back on track having gone five matches without success in the Eredivisie.
Losing to Feyenoord at the weekend has left Maarten Martens’ side level on point with a resurgent Ajax and at risk of dropping down to fifth place.
AZ have been far from convincing against lower-level teams in this competition, first requiring extra time to win 3-2 at HHC before they overcame Quick Boys in a penalty shootout in the last 16 after 3-3 draw.
Feyenoord vs. AZ Head to head
In the 57 previous meetings between these two teams, Feyenoord have claimed 33 victories while AZ have won 14, and they have drawn in 10. AZ have scored 67 goals and conceded 113 in the process.
Feyenoord Team News
With goalkeeper Justin Bijlow suffering an injury in the first half of the game against AZ on Sunday, Timon Wellenreuther should replace him in goal for Feyenoord.
Bart Nieuwkoop and Yankuba Minteh could also be handed chances on the flanks, but Slot may be prepared to stick with the remainder of the previous starting lineup.
Feyenoord's Last 5 Matches
AZ Team News
Martens could make alterations in wide areas for AZ, with Ernest Poku and Ibrahim Sadiq both pushing for opportunities from the start.
Kristijan Belic may also make just his second start in midfield after recently arriving from Partizan Belgrade.
AZ's Last 5 Matches
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