Match Preview: Utrecht 1-1 AZ Alkmaar Prediction and Betting Tips | Netherlands (Eredivisie)

Utrecht – AZ Alkmaar betting tips for today, January 19, 2018.
Kick-off: 20:00
Football: Netherlands – Eredivisie
Tip: BTS – Yes
Odds: 1.50
Bookmaker: bet365
Match Result: 1:1 WON!!!
Match Preview
After a long winter break, Utrecht welcome AZ Alkmaar as two of the top six meet in the Eredivisie (ERE). The visitors will be hard-pressed to carry on their good form and keep in touch with the leading teams, whilst Utrecht need a win to stay in the top seven.
A victory for either side will be tough as Utrecht’s home form, and AZ’s away form are nothing short of exceptional. Utrecht are unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 home games and AZ are unbeaten in each of their last 12 away ties (in all competitions).
Utrecht midfielder Yassin Ayoub has signed a pre-contract deal with Feyenoord. He has featured in every Eredivisie game this term, yet question marks remain as he has not been in the squad over the winter break friendly games – will the incoming manager Jean-Paul de Jong freeze the 23-year-old out?
AZ manager John van den Brom isn’t happy with third place and has told the press that they want to catch Ajax and PSV – a statement of intent from the Alkmaar man as the top three look detached from the rest of the league.
Players to watch: AZ Keeper Marco Bizot has the joint highest clean sheets record this term with seven to his name so far, he will not make it easy for Utrecht here.
Zakaria Labyad is a wanted man at Utrecht – with seven goals and five assists to his name, he has openly admitted that Utrecht is a stepping stone for him amidst keen interest from Ajax.
Stat attack: There have been over 2.5 goals scored in each of the last nine meetings between these two teams. AZ have scored 2+ goals in seven of their last eight vs Utrecht (all comps.).
Five of AZ’s last six away games have resulted with under 2.5 goals scored, three of their last five saw both teams score (ERE).

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