Betting guide: AZ Alkmaar favourite to beat Sparta Rotterdam at AFAS Stadion

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Competition: Netherlands Eredivisie
Competition: Sat 10.April
Match begins: 18:00 (UTC)
Venue: AFAS Stadion (17023 seats)

3rd position in the Eredivisie table for AZ Alkmaar so far, a good performance. The home supporters hope for more joy as 11th-placed Sparta Rotterdam visits AFAS Stadion.

Insights:
  • AZ Alkmaar haven’t played a single 0-0 game.
  • AZ Alkmaar have scored at least twice as many goals at home as Sparta Rotterdam have scored away.

Both teams should be fairly well rested for this game, as they have had some quiet days to prepare. Hopefully this will translate into lots of action on the pitch.

One slightly interesting match fact is that this game is played on grass and that the visiting Sparta Rotterdam have a different surface at their stadium (artifical turf). The impact of this is hard to measure exactly, but the visitors stats on grass is 6-5-15 (win-draw-loss) from 26 matches.

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AZ Alkmaar form and stats

AZ Alkmaar are steadily winning Eredivisie games and points here at AFAS Stadion. 9 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats is the summary from 14 games. Ever since the Ajax game Alkmaar has been unbeatable here at AFAS Stadion producing four straight wins.

Nothing to worry about in defence for Alkmaar, as their goalkeeper Marco Bizot has completely shut out the opponents for 230 minutes in the Eredivisie.

Alkmaar are returning here after visiting Willem II in a Eredivisie game and winning with a 1-0 scoreline. Albert Guðmundsson scored the goal(s). Before that, Alkmaar had a home game versus PSV which ended with a victory 2-0.

AZ Alkmaar made it very difficult for themselves, when Teun Koopmeiners got a red card in the 5th minute. The match was still a draw at this point. But even with this card, Alkmaar won the match 1-0!

With an average of more than two goals per home game in the league (31 in 14 games), AZ Alkmaar's attacking play is working. Alkmaar's goalkeeper has had to pick the ball out of their own net 18 times. For more goal stats, check the Statistics tab above.

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Sparta Rotterdam form and stats

As the visiting team in Eredivisie matches, Sparta Rotterdam have produced an overall stat of 5-4-5 so far.

Rotterdam go into this game after a win, the home game against PEC Zwolle that ended 3-2. Ahead of that match was the away draw versus Heracles that ended 1-1.

The end of the last match, against PEC Zwolle, was very satisfying as Lennart Thy scored the winning goal deep into overtime.

Rotterdam have a decent goal production going in their away games, although not fantastic. In 14 league away games 15 goals have been scored. 17 goals have been conceded by Rotterdam in these games. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 2 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 away matches.

Head 2 Head

Sparta Rotterdam - Alkmaar 4-4 was the story when these teams last met, earlier this season. Head-2-head stats last ten meetings: six - three - one (Alkmaar wins - draws - Sparta Rotterdam wins). As for goals, five matches ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), five had two or less.

Top Goalscorers

AZ AlkmaarT. Koopmeiners
T. Koopmeiners
15 goals
AlkmaarM. Boadu
M. Boadu
12 goals
Sparta RotterdamL. Thy
L. Thy
12 goals

AZ Alkmaar missing players

Sparta Rotterdam missing players

AZ Alkmaar Sparta Rotterdam
Total Home vs mid Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
28 14 3 Played P 4 14 28
17 9 2 Won W 0 5 9
7 2 0 Drew D 1 4 7
4 3 1 Lost L 3 5 12
64 31 7 Scored S 3 15 40
38 18 3 Conceded C 8 17 44
100% 100% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 96%
86% 86% 67% Over 1.5 O 1.5 75% 71% 79%
75% 71% 67% Over 2.5 O 2.5 25% 21% 39%
50% 43% 67% Over 3.5 O 3.5 25% 21% 32%
25% 21% 33% Over 4.5 O 4.5 25% 7% 25%
71% 64% 67% BTTS BTTS 50% 43% 50%
21% 21% 0% Clean Sheets C S 0% 29% 25%
7% 14% 33% Failed to Score F T 50% 29% 29%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
1.1 1.2 1 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2.2 1.3 1.2
6 4 0 Red cards R C 1 2 4
 
14 14.1 13.3 Shots (avg) S ( 7.2 11.8 13
6 6.1 6.3 Shots on Target (avg) S O 2.5 3.6 4.3
38% 36% 37% Goal Efficiency G E 30% 29% 33%
Key stats in Eredivisie this season:
  • AZ Alkmaar have scored at least twice as many goals at home as Sparta Rotterdam have scored away.
  • AZ Alkmaar haven’t played a single 0-0 game.
  • Sparta Rotterdam haven’t played a single 0-0 game away.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Ajax 27 22 3 2 85 20 13 11 1 1 43 12 14 11 2 1 42 8 65 69
2 PSV 28 17 7 4 62 30 14 11 2 1 32 9 14 6 5 3 30 21 32 58
3 AZ Alkmaar 28 17 7 4 64 38 14 9 2 3 31 18 14 8 5 1 33 20 26 58
4 Vitesse 28 17 4 7 46 28 14 10 3 1 23 8 14 7 1 6 23 20 18 55
5 Feyenoord 28 14 9 5 56 28 14 8 5 1 32 10 14 6 4 4 24 18 28 51
6 FC Groningen 28 13 7 8 35 31 14 7 5 2 16 9 14 6 2 6 19 22 4 46
7 FC Utrecht 27 11 10 6 44 34 14 5 6 3 22 20 13 6 4 3 22 14 10 43
8 FC Twente 28 9 10 9 42 39 14 3 5 6 18 20 14 6 5 3 24 19 3 37
9 Heracles 28 10 6 12 31 43 14 6 3 5 20 15 14 4 3 7 11 28 -12 36
10 SC Heerenveen 28 8 10 10 37 40 14 6 4 4 21 14 14 2 6 6 16 26 -3 34
11 Sparta Rotterdam 28 9 7 12 40 44 14 4 3 7 25 27 14 5 4 5 15 17 -4 34
12 Fortuna Sittard 28 10 4 14 39 49 14 4 2 8 20 27 14 6 2 6 19 22 -10 34
13 PEC Zwolle 28 6 11 11 37 46 14 4 6 4 17 17 14 2 5 7 20 29 -9 29
14 RKC Waalwijk 28 6 8 14 27 43 14 4 4 6 18 20 14 2 4 8 9 23 -16 26
15 Willem II 28 5 7 16 31 57 14 4 2 8 19 30 14 1 5 8 12 27 -26 22
16 VVV-Venlo 28 6 4 18 39 73 14 3 3 8 17 37 14 3 1 10 22 36 -34 22
17 FC Emmen 28 3 9 16 27 57 14 2 4 8 20 35 14 1 5 8 7 22 -30 18
18 ADO Den Haag 28 2 9 17 22 64 14 0 6 8 13 29 14 2 3 9 9 35 -42 15

Read more about Eredivisie

The Eredivisie is the highest level of professional football in the Netherlands. 18 teams play two fixtures against each other to form the final league table and decide which team wins the Dutch national championship. The phrase Eredivisie translates to “Honour Division”. The “big three” in Dutch football are Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord.