AZ Alkmaar vs. Dundee United Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 11, 2022 21:00 CET
AZ Alkmaar unexpectedly lost 1:0 against Dundee United last week and they will now need to win by two goals to qualify for the Conference League playoffs.
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In the last three seasons, AZ Alkmaar had very good results in Europe and they hope to continue in the same rhythm. They have been a top 5 club in the Netherlands for several years and that won’t change this season either. However, eventual elimination against Dundee United would shake things up a lot within the club structure.
Despite showing more than their opponents, AZ Alkmaar lost 1:0 against Dundee United last week in Scotland. The good thing for AZ Alkmaar is that away goal rule no longer exists. Thanks to that, every one-goal win will be enough for extra time. However, there is no doubts that AZ Alkmaar will do everything they can to advance in the Conference League playoffs after regular 90 minutes.
During this summer, AZ Alkmaar changed few starting players, so head coach Pascal Jansen needs more time to fit in all new players. They started Eredivisie with a 2:0 win against the Go Ahead Eagles and will now aim for an identical scenario against Dundee United.
Dundee United finished fourth in the Scottish Premiership last season. Thanks to that, they secured Europan football for the first time after 10 years. The 1987 UEFA Cup finalists won their last European tie back in 1997 against CE Principate, but that could change this Thursday.
They played excellent last week when they defeated AZ Alkmaar 1:0 and they will try to preserve that advantage in Netherlands. There is no doubt that Dundee United will play extra defensively in the second leg. They will wait for their chance to score a goal from counter attack. We saw something like that in Scotland, only now it will be even more expressed. Any other style would be disastrous for them.
In contrast to the great game in the Conference League, Dundee United started new season in Scotland very poorly. They collected only one point from first two rounds against Kilmarnock and Livingston and clearly don’t have the capacity to play on two fronts at the same time. An eventual spot in the Conference League playoffs would be a huge thing, but they will need a historically good game to eliminate AZ Alkmaar.
The only time these two clubs played against each other was last week when Dundee United won 1:0 in Scotland.
Five players won’t play for AZ Alkmaar in this game. Riechedly Bazoer hasn’t been registered for this match, while Zinho Vanheusden, Jesper Karlsson, Jens Odgaard and Yukinari Sugawara are injured.
Peter Pawlett didn’t travel to Netherlands due to injury, so Dundee United can’t count on him.
AZ Alkmaar vs. Dundee United Prediction
AZ Alkmaar is a much better team than Dundee United. How weak Scottish clubs are in Europe, it was shown by Motherwell elimination by Sligo Rovers. It’s something we’ve seen for years and last week Dundee United win is more exception than rule. We should expect AZ Alkmaar to achieve an easy win and advance to the Conference League playoffs. Date and Time: 11.08.2022 21:00 CET
Pick: AZ Alkmaar -1.5 (AH)