The current advance of Young AZ came as a thunderbolt in clear skies. The Alkmaarders get the chance to book the fourth victory in a row against the peers of Jong PSV.
Jong AZ :
Young AZ seemed to be on its way to the second last place in recent months. The team of coach Martin Haar was not involved for a long time, but recently the youngsters suddenly succeeded again in booking some results. Jong AZ had indeed collapsed to the nineteenth place and at that time only Young FC Utrecht performed even worse. Much was therefore not expected of the formation of Haar, but suddenly succeeded the team again to win matches. Out of it was narrowly lost from Telstar, which is certainly not a shame, but after that game in Velsen-Noord victories followed FC Oss, Fortuna Sittard and FC Eindhoven. In itself a surprisingly strong performance, but in addition, all victories were scored with two goals difference. Jong AZ therefore has a healthy dose of self-confidence and will therefore work with a good feeling towards the showdown with Jong PSV.
Last week Jong AZ crossed the swords with FC Eindhoven. At the Jan Louwers Stadium, the local FC was obviously a favorite, but it was really Young AZ that controlled the game. The Haar team showed the qualities especially before the break and that turned out to be enough to take the three points. Ferdy Druijf had already scored twice after twenty minutes and by the end of the first half there was another goal from Kai Koreniuk. A goal by Branco van den Boomen was the only thing FC Eindhoven managed to produce. Young AZ defended the 1-3 lead after half time with success and that was the eighth victory of the season.
Against Jong PSV Jong AZ gets a new chance to show the qualities and again the Alkmaarders will start as underdogs. It is still a question with which eleven Hair is going to start. The game will be finished on a Monday evening and as a result some players of the first team will be able to lend a hand. Last week, for example, it was the turn of the experienced Rens van Eijden to get a rhythm. The defender does not succeed in making minutes in the Eredivisie and therefore he could take action in the Jupiler League. Joris Kramer will not appear at the kick-off due to a suspension.
Jong PSV is one of the teams that is still eligible for a place in the top three. The team from Eindhoven has been quite stable in recent months and as a result the team of coach Dennis Haar has now reached fifth place. FC Emmen collected a point more and Fortuna Sittard is again a point higher in the ranking. Young PSV could therefore throw a nice final ranking and that is why it is good news that the current form is good. Six of the last eight games were won and the two games that were lost were actually no surprise. For instance, Jong PSV lost at home to Helmond Sport because a large part of the selection was at training camp in the United States and the defeat at NEC will also have caused little surprise.
Last week Jong PSV recovered from the loss in Nijmegen by FC Den Bosch in the Jan Louwers Stadium on a defeat to treat. Albert Gudmundsson had the hosts quickly put a 1-0 lead by scoring from the spot, but then it was FC Den Bosch that restored the balance on the scoreboard. The last word, however, was to the youngsters of PSV. Sam Lammers hit goal and that was also the last goal of the game. It was already the thirteenth victory of the season.
Before the match against Jong AZ it is again the question about which players Haar can have. Last Monday there were a few players to admire who are close to playing minutes in the first team. Pablo Rosario, Armando Obispo, Gudmundsson and Lammers are players who usually have a positive influence on performance and for Jong PSV it would be nice if they could get back into action. Jong PSV is mainly dependent on Phillip Cocu. The coach would also be able to reward these players with minutes in the Eredivisie.
PREDICTION: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.46