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Preview: AZ Alkmaar vs. Go Ahead Eagles - Predictions, Team News, Lineups

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Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Eredivisie clash between AZ Alkmaar and Go Ahead Eagles. This includes predictions, team news and possible lineups.

AZ Alkmaar When go ahead eagles Kick off the 2022-23 Eredivisie campaign by rocking the horns at the AFAS Stadion on Sunday.

pascal jansenteams head into the weekend after losing 0-1 to Dundee United in the European Conference League Qualifier.

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AZ Alkmaar finished fifth in the league last season with 61 points in 34 games, their worst league performance since 2016-17.

After failing to win any of their final four matches, Jansen’s men won 18, drew seven and lost nine league matches last season to finish automatic qualifiers in the conference league seven points behind fourth-placed Twente.

However, AZ beat Heerenveen in the semi-finals and beat Vitesse in the final 7-3 on aggregate, giving them a solid performance in the playoffs of the Conference League qualifiers.

This was followed by an excellent pre-season campaign, in which Kirskoppen went unbeaten in four of five friendly matches, during which time he recorded three wins, one draw and scored seven goals to move across the court.

AZ Alkmaar head into this weekend’s league opener after losing 0-1 to Dundee United. Glen Middleton He gave the Scottish team a first leg victory in the third round of the conference league last Thursday.

Teun Koopmeiners in AZ Alkmaar taken February 2020© Reuters

Meanwhile, the Go Ahead Eagles capped their preparations for the new Eredivisie campaign with a 4-1 victory over Greek side OFI Crete in their final pre-season match last Friday.

In a one-sided incident at De Adelaarhorst, Finn Stalkers, Isaac Lydberg, Jose Fontan When Bas Kuipers Scored 4 goals in a row and knocked the visitor forward Juan Angel Neira Scored one point in the 71st minute.

Rene Hark3 wins in 6 preseason games.

With the 2021-22 season just around the corner, the Go Ahead Eagles failed to make the playoffs in the Conference League Qualifier, finishing 13th in the final playoff spot, five points behind Heerenveen.

Next to this weekend’s visitors are AZ Alkmaar, who have won their last three meetings and remain unbeaten in their last six meetings since losing 2-1 in February 2014. It’s a tough challenge.

AZ Alkmaar form (all competitions):

Go Ahead Eagles Form (all competitions):

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Pascal Jansen coach of AZ Alkmaar before the match on 10 March 2022© Reuters

AZ Alkmaar is Yukinari Sugawara When Jesper Carlsoncurrently recovering from knee and muscle injuries, respectively.

Ginho Van Heusden Despite being 22 years old, he has been on hiatus since February last year. Pier Koopminers After missing the last two games due to injury, we are still uncontested.

Jesper Karlsson was Kirskoppen’s star player, scoring 27 goals in 34 league games last season, and the Swedish midfielder is one to watch.

Meanwhile, the Go Ahead Eagles don’t have a 30-year-old defender Gerrit Nauberscheduled to miss five consecutive games due to a muscle injury.

Hake can’t even call out the duo of Janoa Marquero and the 24-year-old defender Rashan Fernandezhas been absent due to injury.

Candidates for AZ Alkmaar’s starting lineup:
Verfurst; Hatzidiakos, Beukema, Indi, Kerkez. Reijnders, de Wit and Clasie.Evgen, Pavlidis, Lard

The starting line-up for the Go Ahead Eagles:
De Lange; Deijl, Fontan, Idzes, Kuipers; Edvardsen, Linthorst, Rommens, Willumsson; Stockers, Lydberg

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AZ Alkmaar 3-1 Go Ahead Eagles

The Go Ahead Eagles are looking to end their losing streak in the Eredivisie, building on last Friday’s victory, but will face a solid AZ, who are undefeated seven times in their last eight meetings. Given the class and quality gap between the two, we favor AZ for a comfortable victory on Sunday.

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