Europa League / AZ Alkmaar vs FK Mariupol – This is potentially interesting rematch given that the 1st leg ended as a goalless draw. Still, that result suits AZ Alkmaar more, which also started well the new season in the Dutch Eredivisie and has already passed one obstacle in the Europa League. Mariupol started its European journey in the 3rd qualifying round, while in the Ukrainian Premier League it plays variably.
Game AZ Alkmaar vs FK Mariupol begins 15.08.2019 at 20:30 CET
AZ Alkmaar played five matches this season and it can be said they had a perfect start of the season despite not winning all matches. They drew two matches, both in the Europa League, and the first one was with Hacken at home in the second round. The result read at the end 0-0, while in the 2nd leg they easily defeated the Swedes 3-0. They drew with Mariupol 0-0 in the 1st leg played away, meaning they didn’t receive a single goal in three Europa League matches. They didn’t receive a goal in two rounds of the Dutch championship; they defeated Fortun 4-0 and Waalwijk 2-0. The bad thing about this rematch is that they won’t play at their own stadium but in The Hague.
Probable lineups AZ Alkmaar: Bizot – Svensson, Vlaar, Wuytens, Wijndal – Koopmeiners, Ouwejan, Midtsjo – Stengs, Idrissi, Boadu
The first match with AZ Alkmaar was at the same time the first European test this season for Mariupol, and it cannot be said that they passed it. Mere 0-0 is not a promising result for rematch with such a strong opponent, although they can console themselves with fact that they didn’t receive a goal so one goal scored away would be very valuable. Mariupol doesn’t play particularly well at the beginning of Ukrainian championship. They lost away to Colos 2-1 in first round, and then won Oleksandri by the same result. In the last round they drew with Karpaty 1-1. Forward Fomin is out of action.
Probable lineups FK Mariupol: Khudzhamov – Polehenko, Chobotenko, Bykov, Horbunov – Churko, Fedorchuk, Mishniov, Chekh, Vakula – Tyshchenko
Betting Pick: AZ Alkmaar vs FK Mariupol
Excellent beginning of season for AZ Alkmaar and we believe that the Dutch will have no problems to dispatch Mariupol. They don’t have advantage from the 1st leg and that will force them to play maximally seriously for which the guests from Ukraine simply have no answer.
Pick: Asian handicap -1.5 AZ Alkmaar
Odds: 1.61 at 10bet (down to 1.56 can be played)
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