AZ ALKMAAR- SPARTA ROTTERDAM
Finally, AZ appear to be coming good, after a year or so in the doldrums. They have had a fantastic couple of weeks, beating PSV and then putting five past Willem on the road and three against Heracles in the cup. It is no coincidence that this has happened at the same time that their treatment room has emptied, with only Schaars unavailable this evening. AZ regally entertained us a few years back, with some wonderful attacking football and a mountain of goals, Dutch football really needs them to return to something like that form.
Sparta have yet to win this season and have conceded nine goals in just four starts, actually they have ridden their luck at times and could be considered fortunate to have collected even two points. They have not been so lucky on the injury front and will be without several key players this evening. No doubt they will start with ten men behind the ball, but that has not helped them much in previous meetings, they have lost the last four in Alkmaar, three of them by three or more goals. Infact, in nine h2h games, they have scored in only one, losing the other eight. Very hard for me to see anything other than a comprehensive home win and AZ are my strongest bet of the day.
7 points AZ -1.5 goals 1.98 asian line.