FC Twente - AZ
Netherlands Eredivisie - Grolsch Veste Stadium
This is the game of the weekend and what most people had been eyeing up when the Eredivisie returned following its winter break. Third are welcoming fourth on Saturday with a win for AZ Alkmaar being enough to see them leapfrog their opponents.
Twente vs AZ Alkmaar prediction – Betting tips & odds
Hot tip – Vangelis Pavlidis to score anytime
- Vangelis Pavlidis is the league's second top scorer
- Pavlidis has only failed to score in three games all campaign
Pavlidis is one of the most dangerous strikers in Dutch football this season. The Greek international has 22 goals in 27 games across all competitions so far including five in his last five before the winter break.
Home: 21/20 (2.05) – 48.8%
Draw: 5/2 (3.5) – 28.6%
Away: 23/10 (3.3) – 30.3%
While Twente are the favourites for this clash being third in the table and playing at home, there are some more enticing markets for this game such as Twente to win and over 1.5 goals with odds of 8/5 (2.6) and probability figures of 38.5%.
Elsewhere, you could back the visitors to cause an upset and make it a miserable day in Enschede and win both halves at 19/4 (5.75) although the likelihood of this landing is just 17.4%.
Twente vs AZ Alkmaar prediction – Other tips
Twente 3-2 AZ Alkmaar
- Twente have lost just once at home in the Eredivisie this campaign
- AZ Alkmaar haven't won a game in 90 minutes over their past six games
Both Teams To Score – Yes
- Three of Twente's last four home games have seen both teams score
- Only three away games involving AZ Alkmaar have not seen both teams find the back of the net
Twente vs AZ Alkmaar team news
Twente have had a great first half of the season losing just once in the Eredivisie at home and are just four points behind Feyenoord in second place, although it seems as though a second league title is out of their grasp currently sitting 14 points behind PSV Eindhoven.
Predicted lineup: Unnerstall – Smal, Van Hoorenbeeck, Hilgers, Sampsted – Kjolo, Sadilek – Vlap, Steijn, Rots – Ugalde
AZ Alkmaar started the second 10 games unbeaten in the league but the wheels quickly came off and have seen them slip out of a possible title race. Following that 10-game run, AZ Alkmaar have lost three of their six matches.
Predicted lineup: Verhulst – Wolfe, Martins Indi, Bazoer, Sugawara – Clasie, Goudmijn – Van Bommel, De Wit, Poku – Pavlidis
Confirmed lineups will appear here around 60 minutes before kickoff.
Player to watch – Manfred Ugalde
The young Costa Rican has been tasked with leading the line for Twente this term and he's certainly surpassed all expectations given he's still just 21 years of age.
Manfred Ugalde started the season slowly but he kicked into gear in the run-up to the winter break. The striker has nine goal involvements in his previous nine matches which includes a very impressive five goals and also two games in which he got a goal and an assist.
Remember to check out more free betting tips ahead of this weekend's action.