AZ Alkmaar is going to take on the Eredivisie table toppers PSV Eindhoven on the coming weekend.
That’s an away game for Alkmaar and will take place at Philips Stadion.
PSV’s record in the home games this season has been absolutely perfect. They have won 4 out of 4.
But, Alkmaar can take heart from the fact that they’ve defeated PSV twice in the previous 3 meetings.
Alkmaar is not in the top 5 in the Eredivisie table at the moment. With 18 points and minus 1 goal differential, they are at no. 6.
The no. of defeats that Alkmaar has suffered this season is 3, but, the notable point is that neither of those defeats has come in the last 1 month. It clearly suggests that the team’s recent form has been good.
Also, in away games in 2014-15, Alkmaar has not really performed poorly. They have travelled to the away stadiums 4 times and thrice, they have ended on the winning side.
Muamer Tankovic would again be Alkmaar’s trump card. The Swedish forward, who is only in his teenage years at the moment, has been absolutely brilliant of late. He has been the leading scorer as well as the leading assister for his team.
However, Alkmaar would not be trying to over-attack against PSV. Their first ambition would be not to let the hosts go away with all 3 points.
If they catch PSV on counter attack, then, the picture might be different. But, mostly, they would be looking to remain intact at the back.
Alkmaar has secured 7 points from the last 3 games. So, it’s not that they don’t have momentum with them. Yes, the opposition is much stronger than what they have faced in the last couple of weeks, but, they are fully capable of getting the result in their favour.