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AZ and Ajax meet in Alkmaar in the semi-finals of the KNVB Beker on Thursday evening. Cup holders Ajax continue the defence of their title this weeek. Read our predictions and find the latest odds for the fixture below in our expert match preview.
AZ vs Ajax – Free Betting Tips & Predictions
Current KNVB Beker holders Ajax take on in-form AZ in the competition’s semi-finals. Read our top three expert predictions for this week’s fixture below.
- Match Result – Ajax to Win @ 8/13 (1.62)
- Both Teams to Score – Yes @ 3/5 (1.6)
- Team Goals – Over 1.5 Ajax Team Goals @ 8/15 (1.53)
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Ajax to Win
Ajax will be licking their wounds following their shock 2-1 reverse at Go Ahead Eagles on Sunday, though Erik ten Hag’s side could be at the most dangerous now that they have a point to prove. AZ beat the Amsterdam giants 2-1 when the clubs last met in December, though luck was on their side that day when they mustered just five attempts to Ajax’s 23. The cup holders aren’t likely to be in quite as charitable a mood this week, so back them to make their class count in the KNVB Beker semi-final.
Both Teams to Score
AZ have won 14 of their last 15 fixtures and that incredible run should mean that their confidence levels are fully topped up. Alkmaar won’t be afraid to take the game to Ajax on Thursday and having notched in all but one of their last 15 assignments, they can register again. Ajax have rattled the net in each of their last 18 skirmishes however, so expect both teams to get in on the act this week.
Over 1.5 Ajax Team Goals
Ajax are the most potent team in the Netherlands and Erik ten Hag’s troops are considered a formidable free-scoring outfit. Ajax have plundered at least two goals in 70% of their last ten away fixtures and when they last visited the AFAS Stadion in January 2021, they put three goals past AZ. With the defence-shredding power in their ranks unmatched in Dutch football, Ajax look a solid price to bag over 1.5 team goals again in Thursday’s semi-final.
AZ vs Ajax: Match Preview and Team News
AZ are closing in on third spot in the Eredivisie thanks to their 2-1 win over current incumbents Feyenoord on Sunday. Pascal Jansen’s side are in the midst of a fabulous run of form, though the KNVB Beker hasn’t been kind to AZ in recent seasons. Alkmaar made it to the final in two of the last four years in the cup, but lost on both occasions.
Ajax are targeting their third Beker on the bounce this year, though they will need to be at their best to oust red-hot AZ in the competition’s semi-finals on Thursday. Erik ten Hag could choose to shuffle his pack this week following his team’s poor showing at Go Ahead Eagles on Sunday. Noussair Mazraoui, Ryan Graverback and Nicolas Tagliafico will all be pushing to start in Alkmaar having been named on the bench in Deventer.
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AZ vs Ajax Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions
Who won the last meeting between these clubs?
AZ beat Ajax 2-1 when the teams last met on December 12th.
Who are the current KNVB Beker holders?
Ajax are the current KNVB Beker champions. They beat Vitesse 2-1 in last year’s final.
What time does Thursday’s game kick off?
AZ vs Ajax kicks off at 20:00 CET (GMT +1).