AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham Prediction, Odds and Betting Tips 18/05/2023

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UEFA Conference League - AFAS Stadion

2nd Round

* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change

AZ Alkmaar and West Ham meet at the AFAS Stadion in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, May 18th. The Hammers take a 2-1 lead to the Netherlands for the second-leg of the semi-finals this week. Read our Europa Conference League predictions and betting tips along with the latest odds for the fixture below in our detailed match preview.

Today's Predictions for AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham

Can West Ham complete the job to reach the final of the Europa Conference League at AZ’s expense on Thursday? Read our top AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham predictions for this week’s fixture below and when you’re finished here, head over to our football betting tips page for more expert picks.

Both Teams to Score

The second leg of AZ and West Ham’s Conference League semi-final is on a knife-edge following last week’s 2-1 win for the Hammers and we expect both teams to find the net again in Thursday’s crucial encounter in the Netherlands. AZ have registered in 100% of their home games in the tournament so far, while West Ham have rattled the net at least once in every single fixture they’ve contested in the Conference League to date. More of the same is anticipated at the AFAS Stadion this week.

Over 2.5 Goals

With so much on the line this week and a place in the Conference League final up for grabs, we expect both teams to leave everything on the pitch at the AFAS Stadion, and an exciting contest could develop between two sides equally desperate to advance. 11 of AZ’s last 14 games in the competition – including last week’s semi-final first-leg – have featured over 2.5 goals while nine of West Ham’s 13 matches in the tournament have also seen at least three goals. More thrills and spills could be on the menu on Thursday, and our second AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham prediction recommends a stake on over 2.5 goals with that in mind.

Top Betting Odds and Stats for AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham

Check out our collection of key stats for Thursday’s contest featuring AZ Alkmaar – West Ham below alongside a tool to help you choose the most attractive odds.

Head to Head

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UEFA Europa Conference League CON

West Ham

West Ham

AZ

AZ

2

1

Last Five - AZ

13/04/24

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

RKC

RKC

AZ

AZ

2

3

W

06/04/24

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

PSV

PSV

AZ

AZ

5

1

L

03/04/24

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

Heracles

Heracles

AZ

AZ

5

0

L

30/03/24

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

Vitesse

Vitesse

AZ

AZ

0

2

W

17/03/24

Netherlands Eredivisie Netherlands

FC Volendam

FC Volendam

AZ

AZ

0

4

W

Last Five - West Ham

18/04/24

UEFA Europa League UEL

Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen

West Ham

West Ham

1

1

D

14/04/24

England Premier League EPL

Fulham

Fulham

West Ham

West Ham

2

0

L

11/04/24

UEFA Europa League UEL

Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen

West Ham

West Ham

2

0

L

06/04/24

England Premier League EPL

Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton

West Ham

West Ham

1

2

W

02/04/24

England Premier League EPL

Tottenham

Tottenham

West Ham

West Ham

1

1

D

Let's take a closer look at the latest markets, AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham odds and probability figures ahead of Thursday’s match below.

AZ Alkmaar odds: 17/10 (2.70) – 37%

Draw odds: 21/10 (3.10) – 32.3%

West Ham odds: 149/100 (2.49) – 40.2%

West Ham have been priced as the bookmakers’ expected winners on Thursday, with the implied probability of an away victory currently hovering at 40.2%. Elsewhere, odds of 4/9 (1.44) can be snatched in the AZ double chance this week and that outcome has an implied probability of 69.2%. Alkmaar have lost only three times at home this term in all competitions.

AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham Team News & Injuries

Read all of the latest injury updates, AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham lineups and team news for Thursday’s Europa Conference League contest below.

AZ Alkmaar

AZ Alkmaar have few injury concerns this week though Sem Westerveld and Bruno Martins Indi are both considered doubtful. AZ, who favour a 4-2-3-1 formation, warmed up for Thursday's game with a resounding 5-1 win at home to Emmen in the Eredivisie at the weekend.

Predicted Lineup for AZ Alkmaar: Ryan – Sugawara, Beukeme, Hatzidiakos, de Wit – Clasie, Reijnders, Odgaard, Mijnans, van Brederode – Pavlidis

West Ham

Vladimir Coufal and Gianluca Sacamacca are listed as injured for West Ham. Michail Antonio is a doubt, though the striker, who scored in last week's first leg, should shake off a knock to be involved.  The Irons rested a whole host of players against Brentford (0-2) at the weekend.

Predicted Lineup for West Ham: Areola – Kehrer, Zouma, Aguerd, Cresswell – Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Paqueta, Benrahma – Antonio

Player to Watch – Declan Rice

Declan Rice – as he so often is – was the driving force behind West Ham’s 2-1 win over AZ in last week’s semi-final first-leg and the hugely influential midfielder should be a key performer for the Irons again the Netherlands on Thursday. The 24-year-old rarely has an off day and Rice will be determined to lead by example again this week.

Starting Lineups

Official lineups are usually released approximately one hour before kick-off.

AZ

AZ
4-3-3
1
Mathew Ryan
au
2
Yukinari Sugawara
jp
31
Sam Beukema
nl
3
Pantelis Chatzidiakos
gr
5
Milos Kerkez
hu
6
Tijani Reijnders
nl
16
Sven Mijnans
nl
8
Jordy Clasie
nl
19
Myron Van Brederode
nl
9
Vangelis Pavlidis
gr
11
Jesper Karlsson
se
Substitutes
14
Djordje Mihailovic
us
10
Dani De Wit
nl
27
Zinho Vanheusden
be
12
Hobie Verhulst
nl
34
Mees De Wit
nl
23
Mayckel Lahdo
se
25
Riechedly Bazoer
nl
54
Daniel Deen
nl
28
Zico Buurmeester
nl
35
Mexx Meerdink
nl
46
Wouter Goes
nl

West Ham

West Ham
4-3-3
13
Alphonse Areola
fr
24
Thilo Kehrer
de
4
Kurt Zouma
fr
27
Nayef Aguerd
ma
3
Aaron Cresswell
gb
28
Tomas Soucek
cz
41
Declan Rice
gb
11
Lucas Paqueta
br
20
Jarrod Bowen
gb
9
Michail Antonio
jm
22
Said Benrahma
dz
Substitutes
21
Angelo Ogbonna
it
18
Danny Ings
gb
5
Vladimir Coufal
cz
2
Ben Johnson
gb
1
Lukasz Fabianski
pl
33
Emerson
it
49
Joseph Anang
gb
10
Manuel Lanzini
ar
14
Maxwel Cornet
ci
8
Pablo Fornals
es
12
Flynn Downes
gb
72
Divin Mubama
gb

AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions

AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham prediction

Who is AZ Alkmaar’s manager?

Pascal Jansen has been in charge of AZ Alkmaar since December 2020.

What time does this fixture kick off?

The game is scheduled to start at 20:00 BST.

Which club is favourite to win this week?

West Ham have been priced as favourites to prevail on Thursday by the bookmakers. Make sure to check out our expert AZ Alkmaar vs West Ham prediction near the top of this preview.


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