Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag

Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar: Ten Hag eyeing title triumph

Kick-off: 1330, 25/04/2021

Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena

Ajax can wrap up another Eredivisie title triumph by getting the better of AZ Alkmaar in Amsterdam on Sunday.

These teams were locked together at the top of the table when last season’s race had to be cut short, but Erik ten Hag’s men have been in pole position pretty much throughout this term.

We’re backing the hosts to celebrate in style by taking 19/20 for a home win and over 2.5 goals for our first Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar prediction.

A Look At Ajax’s Betting Odds

Ajax have endured mixed fortunes over the past couple of weeks, crashing out of the Europa League due to a 3-2 aggregate loss to Roma and only drawing 1-1 here with FC Utrecht on Thursday.

However, in between, the Sons of the Gods secured a thrilling 2-1 success versus Vitesse Arnhem in the KNVB Cup final, with David Neres netting a stoppage-time decider.

At least Ten Hag can now focus entirely on the league, having been forced to rotate his squad during such a hectic schedule.

The 51-year-old head coach has been linked with a move to Tottenham following Jose Mourinho’s departure.

For now, he will be keen to do the double over AZ Alkmaar and fully avenge last term’s two losses to the Cheeseheads.

Antony, Davy Klaassen and Neres were on target when Ajax romped to a 3-0 triumph at AFAS Stadion at the end of January.

Their opponents are in better form now, though, so 33/20 for a home win and both teams to score takes the eye from the Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar odds.

A Look At AZ Alkmaar’s Betting Odds

AZ began the season with five consecutive draws and seemed to still be hurting from last year’s missed opportunity.

Promoting Pascal Jansen to replace Arne Slot as manager has proved a shrewd move, though, with 14 wins in 21 games sending them up the table to joint-second.

A 2-0 home victory over Sparta Rotterdam last time out made it four straight wins and eight out of nine in a timely hot streak.

Teun Koopmeiners will be back from a one-match suspension for this trip and both he and Myron Boadu have been banging in the goals.

However, despite getting their spirit back, AZ still lack the star quality of Holland’s biggest club and that could just prove decisive here.

Let’s finish off our Ajax vs AZ Alkmaar betting tips by taking 15/2 for a 2-1 home win.

Additional stats

Last result:

AJAX 1-1 FC Utrecht – Edson Alvarez

AZ ALKMAAR 2-0 Sparta Rotterdam – Jordy Clasie, Dani de Wit

Head-to-head: AZ Alkmaar 0-3 Ajax, Ajax 0-2 AZ Alkmaar, AZ Alkmaar 1-0 Ajax, AZ Alkmaar 1-0 Ajax, Ajax 5-0 AZ Alkmaar

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