AZ Alkmaar will have a difficult task in pursuing the second placed Ajax who are leading them with three points after 18 rounds. The visitors have really enjoyed a splendid form by the end of the year after wining 8 out of 10 matches, but to keep that run would be quite challenging as they travel to meet the high flying Utrecht at Stadion Galdenwaard.
Utrecht fans have been happy with their team as they have managed to finish the first half of the season high occupying the sixth place in the table. Despite disappointing loss 1-3 at Breda in the last meeting of 2017, which caused the dismissal of their coach and naming Jean-Paul de Jong as new one, meaning he will make his league debut tonight. The new manager can be satisfied with his team’s mid-season preparations as Utrecht managed to net four past Belgian heavyweights Anderlecht last Wednesday in a 4-3 thrilling game. I Won’t be surprised to see similar outcome later tonight.
The Cheeseheads won by 3-0 the last meeting in the late October last year. Also we have seen many goals when these teams have played. In fact, each of last nine H2H ties between the two teams saw at least three goals scored.
Everything points to an open contest and a goal fest here and backing over 2.5 goals looks to be an absolute banker.