Az Alkmaar Vs Brann – AZ Alkmaar and SK Brann locked horns in the first leg of the UEFA European Conference League playoffs at the AFAS Stadion on Thursday.
Az Alkmaar Vs Brann
AZ Alkmaar made it two wins from their opening two matches of the 2023-24 Eredivisie campaign on Sunday when they beat Waalwijk 3-1 at the Mandemakers Stadion.
Az Alkmaar Vs Brann Bergen Full Match Replay
This followed a 2-0 win over Santa Coloma on 17 August which saw Pascal Jansen’s side complete a 3-0 aggregate victory over the Andorran side in the third round of the Conference League.
AZ have now won their last seven matches in all competitions, drawing 1-1 with Norwich City when the teams met in pre-season.
Meanwhile, Brann secured a last-gasp win in Norway’s Eliteserien at the weekend, beating Aalesunds 5-1 on home soil.
Before that, Eirik Horneland’s men recorded a 2-0 win over HamKam on August 6 to end their two-game losing streak in the Eliteserien.
Az Alkmaar Brann
Between two league wins, Brann progressed to the third round of the Conference League as they secured a narrow 4-3 win over two legs against Arouca.
AZ Alkmaar will be licking their lips when they take on a Brann side struggling to get results away from home. Jansen’s side boast the firepower needed to get this one over the line and we’re backing them to come away with a comfortable win.
Tip 2: Over 4.5 cards – Yes (In nine of Brann’s last 10 games there have been fewer than five cards)
Tip 3: Over 10.5 corners – Yes (There have been 11 or more corners in four of the last five away games) After eliminating FC Santa Coloma, AZ Alkmaar will play the first leg of the Europa League games against Brann , who was to host. beat Arouca in the previous round.
Az Alkmaar Vs. Sk Brann
In recent seasons, AZ Alkmaar has mostly been in the top four of the five league teams. Last season, they finished in 4th place, just two points behind 3rd place Ajax and the Europa League Qualifiers. They are coming off a strong preseason and an even better start to the regular season, and they are heavy favorites against Brann for a reason.
Brann is one of the teams that are clearly on the rise. In 2022 they secured promotion to the Eliteserien in dominant fashion, but most impressively, they won the NM Cup 2022 and got the opportunity to play in Europe (Qualification). Due to the different football calendar from most of Europe, Brann has already played 19 rounds in the Eliteserieen, and they are doing well. They are currently in the 5th place with 33 points from 19 games.
AZ Alkmaar have won all four games this season (two league games and two Europa League fixtures), scoring 11 goals in the process – 2.75 per game. Last season, they scored more than 2.5 goals 21 times in 34 outings in the Eredivisie – 62%. That number could be even higher this season because we think they got a lot worse defensively while the offense stayed the same. The added problem could be a number of absences at the back due to injuries, so we think they will have a tough time cleaning up against Brann.
Brann comes into this game after winning two in a row and most importantly scoring eight goals! This season, Brann has been very effective, scoring at least one goal in 24 out of 28 games in all competitions. On the other hand, their offense hasn’t been that great, especially in recent games, as they have only kept one clean sheet in their last five matches against teams weaker than AZ Alkmaar.
Az Alkmaar Vs. Fortuna Sittard (eredivisie) (5/8/21)
Based on the scoring form of both teams, we think over 2.5 goals will be the safest option for this tie.
AZ Alkmaar will be without a large number of players due to injuries. Two central defenders Bruno Martins Indi and Wouter Goes are out with thigh and ankle injuries, so defensive midfielder Riechedly Bazoer will most likely start with Pantelis Chatzidiakos at the back.
Young striker Jasper Karlsson is also out with injury, another big blow for AZ. In addition to these three, the team will most likely be missing Dantas, Schouten, van Brederode, Meerdink, and Mees de Wilt due to injuries.
Interestingly, left back, David Wolfe will face his former team just a month and a half after his departure.
Viktig Info: Mulig Flytting Av Bortekamp I Eliteserien / Brann
In one of his recent interviews, coach Pascal Jansen praised striker Vangelis Pavlidis. The striker started the season, scoring three goals in four games.
Starting right wing, Ole Blomberg, will miss the game with an injury. Apart from him, Jonas Torsvik and Marius Trengereid will also miss the game, but they are not very important for this team.
The team’s top scorer, Bard Finnie, had a great start to the season but then went on a five-match scoreless streak with some very poor performances between mid-July and mid-August. Fortunately, he has been very good in the last two games, scoring two goals and an assist.
#A.D. Open an account with bet365 today and bet on multiple markets with the world’s favorite online sports betting company.