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AZ Alkmaar vs Heerenveen prediction, preview, team news and more | Europa Conference League playoffs 2021-22

Heerenveen beat AZ 3-2 in the first leg
Heerenveen beat AZ 3-2 in the first leg
Sachin Bhat

AZ Alkmaar host Heereveen at the AFAS Stadion for the second leg of their Europa Conference League playoffs, looking to turn around a 3-2 deficit.

Heerenveen fought back from a 2-1 deficit with two late goals, including an extra-time winner from Tibor Halilovic that gave them a narrow advantage.

Sydney van Hooijdonk opened the scoring for the hosts in the 58th minute but their lead lasted barely 60 seconds as Hakon Evjen equalized for AZ.

Greek star Vangelis Pavilidis then put them 2-1 in front another six minutes later and were supposedly on their way to a victory.

Amin Sarr, however, popped up with a 90th-minute leveler for De Superfriezen, before Halilovic struck the winner in the fifth-minute of stoppage time.


AZ Alkmaar vs Heerenveen Head-To-Head

AZ have won 24 of their last 51 clashes with Heerenveen, losing 17.

The 3-2 defeat in the first leg also ended De Kaasboeren's run of five consecutive victories in the fixture.

𝗙𝘂𝗹𝗹-𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲 | sc Heerenveen - AZ⚽️ 58. Van Hooijdonk 1-0⚽️ 59. Evjen 1-1⚽️ 65. Pavlidis 1-2⚽️ 90. Sarr 2-2⚽️ 90+5. Halilovic 3-2#AZ #heeaz https://t.co/5OOQJVpnzZ

AZ Alkmaar Form Guide (all competitions): L-L-D-D-D

Heerenveen Form Guide (all competitions): W-W-L-W-D


AZ Alkmaar vs Heerenveen Team News

AZ Alkmaar

Captain Owen Wijndal was missing in action on Thursday due to a problem with his groin and will be assessed once again before the return leg.

Hungarian midfielder Milos Kerkez left the field with a knee injury and questions remain over Yukinari Sugawara's availability too.

Jeremy Helmer missed the first leg through injury.

Injured: Owen Wijndal, Milos Kerkez, Yukinari Sugawara, Jeremy Helmer

Suspended: None

Unavailable: None

Heerenveen

Joost van Aken, Nick Bakker and Pawel Bochniewicz will remain absent for De Superfriezen through injuries.

Head coach Ole Tobiasen shouldn't make too many changes to his side from the last time, with Amin Sarr and Sydney van Hooijdonk leading the line.

Injured: Joost van Aken, Nick Bakker, Pawel Bochniewicz

Suspended: None

Unavailable: None


AZ Alkmaar vs Heerenveen Predicted XI

AZ Alkmaar (4-2-3-1): Peter Vindahl Jensen; Aslak Fonn Witry, Pantelis Chatzidiakos, Bruno Martins Indi, Tijjani Reijnders; Fredrik Midtsjø, Jordy Clasie; Håkon Evjen, Dani de Wit, Jesper Karlsson; Vangelis Pavilidis.

Heerenveen (5-3-2): Erwin Mulder; Milan van Ewijk, Sven van Beek, Ibrahim Drešević, Lucas Woudenberg, Rami Kaib; Tibor Halilović, Thom Haye, Anas Tahiri; Amin Sarr, Sydney van Hooijdonk.


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AZ Alkmaar vs Heerenveen Prediction

AZ, coming into the match with a deficit, will come flying out of the blocks here, having also generally looked strong on home soil.

Heerenveen can expect another tough match but they do not look likely to throw away the advantage.

The home side could win but lose out on the away goals rule.

Prediction: AZ Alkmaar 2-1 Heerenveen


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