Match Preview: FC Astana 0-5 AZ Alkmaar Prediction and Betting Tips | Europa League

FC Astana – AZ Alkmaar betting tips for today, November 7, 2019

Kick-off: 16:50 FC Astana – AZ Alkmaar
Football: Europa League – Group Stage – Round 4
Tip: Under 3.5 Goals
Odds: 1.50
Bookmaker: Bwin
Match Result: 0:5 LOST

Match Preview

Thursday’s UEFA Europa League (UEL) action kicks off in Kazakhstan, with Astana meeting Dutch opposition for only the second time following the reverse encounter. That match saw AZ Alkmaar run out 6-0 winners, and in turn, Astana have now lost each of their last four European outings, conceding 2.75 goals per-match on average.
Something has to give for the Kazakhs, who are set for their lowest ever UEL group stage points tally. In home matches alone, Astana’s UEL group stage record currently stands at: W4, D3, L3, though they have not drawn in any of their last 12 UEFA-sanctioned home games (W9, L3).
On the other hand, AZ are unbeaten in all of their UEFA-sanctioned matches this term (W4, D5), though they have won only one of their last ten away games in that category (W1, D4, L5). Notably, AZ have kept clean sheets in two-thirds of their European outings this term, conceding just 0.44 goals per-match on average.
In addition, AZ have opened the scoring in each of their last six competitive away games. This contributes partially to the fact that they have won their last three competitive games (home or away) without reply from the opposition, and by a margin of at least three goals. All of those games saw the Dutch outfit score at least twice after half-time.
Players to watch: Astana’s last home league victory to yield a final winning margin of over 2.5 goals saw Marin Tomasov score twice in both halves.
AZ’s Myron Boadu, 18, recently became the club’s youngest-ever player to reach the ten-goal mark in the Eredivisie.
Stat attack: Astana’s last ten home games in all competitions have produced over 2.5 match goals.
AZ did not receive a single booking in the reverse, whilst Astana got four.
Five of AZ’s last six competitive away games have seen them open the scoring before half-time.