Dundee United vs. Az Alkmaar Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 03, 2022 21:00 CET
The third round of the UEFA Conference League qualifiers brings us a duel between the representatives of Scotland and the Netherlands. In this stage of the competition, Dundee United and Az Alkmaar meet, and the first meeting will be played at Tannadice Park on Thursday at 21:00.
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This team finished the last competition year in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership, which is an excellent result for a club that returned to the elite two years ago. They played very well under coach Tam Courts, but he left the club at the end of the previous season.
His successor, Jack Ross, has a difficult task to repeat the results of his predecessor, and that mission did not start off well. Dundee United drew 1-1 away to Kilmarnock in the opening round of the new season, and before that they were defeated in their last two friendlies. Better than them were Fleetwood 0-2 and Sunderland 1-2.
They now have a serious opponent in front of them, with a lot of experience playing in Europe, so this is a big challenge for this Scottish club.
The new season in the Netherlands has not started yet, so Az Alkmaar had no commitments the previous weekend. But they have already played two official matches against Tuzla City in the second round of the UEFA Conference League qualifiers.
They won both matches, and they were especially convincing in the away match. In the first game, Az Alkmaar achieved a narrow victory 1-0, but in the second leg, they demolished the opponent from Bosnia and Herzegovina with 4-0.
Apart from not conceding a goal in these two games, their goalkeeper remained unbeaten in the last two friendlies. They defeated Bologna and Westerlo with an identical score of 1-0, which is an indication that the defensive line of this team plays quite well.
These two teams have never met before.
Dundee United (4-3-3): Birighitti; Smith, Edwards, Mulgrew, McMann; Sibbald, Levitt, Harkes; Cudjoe, Fletcher, Watt
Az Alkmaar (4-3-3): Verhulst; Hatzidiakos, Martins Indi, Beukema, Kerkez; Clasie, Reijndersz, De Wit; Evjen, Pavlidis, Lahdo
We are of the opinion that the guests are a more experienced team considering that they play in European competitions every year, unlike Dundee United who have not played since 2012. Therefore, we expect that Az Alkmaar will eliminate all dilemmas about the winner already in the first game and that the second leg in seven days it will be a pure formality.
Prediction: Az Alkmaar To Win And Total Goals Over 1.5 – Yes