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RKC Waalwijk Host for AZ Alkmaar at the Mandemakers Stadium to kick off their Eredivisie campaign on Saturday.
After finishing last season in third place and losing second place by just one point, the visitors are ready to compete at the top again.
Prediction for this match
AZ Alkmaar ended their preparation for the new season with a 2-1 win over Turin on Sunday at the AFAS Stadium.
Pascal Jansen‘s men found themselves back in no time Marko Pjaca‘s start in the first minute, at goals in one of the two halves of Jesper Karlsson and Vangelis Pavlidis turned the game upside down.
After their most recent triumph, the Cheeseheads have now won all of their last four season preparations and are heading into the new domestic season in top form.
First up is a team from Waalwijk who they have beaten in 10 of the last 12 matches between the teams, including last season’s two league games.
Saturday’s visitors didn’t win any of the last three away games on opening day, however, and they’ll be desperate to end this run.
Waalwijk suffered a 4-1 defeat against Heracles on July 30th in the last warm-up game for the new season at Erve Asito.
Bilal Basacikoglu, Rai Vloet, Orestis Kiomourtzoglou and Noah Fadiga were all on target as Joseph Oosting‘s men continued their terrible form on the street.
After the RKC survived the decline last time by a hair’s breadth, they know that they still have a lot to do if they want to extend their three-year stay in the top group.
The hosts on Saturday could use a positive result after losing their two opening games since returning to the Eredivisie.
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Jasper Karlsson has been in top scoring form lately and has reported four times in his last four appearances for the away team.
Hobie Verhulst is expected to start in goal for AZ Alkmaar Marco Bizot‘s move to Stade Brestois 29 at the beginning of the month.
Dutch defender Owen Wijndal missed all of his team’s preparation games and is out on the weekend due to a groin injury.
In the absence of last season’s common top scorer Cyril Ngonge, Finn Stokkers will rely heavily on the home team’s firepower to attack.
Jurien Gari received his marching orders in Waalwijk’s last engagement, but he will be entitled to participate in this one.
RKC Waalwijk possible starting line-up:
Vaessen; Lutonda, Touba, Meulensteen, Bakari; Azhil, Van der Venne, Bel Hassani; Daneels, Buttner, Stokkers
AZ Alkmaar possible starting line-up:
Covered; Karlsson, Letschert, Martins Indi, Sugawara; Clasie, Midtsjo, Reijnders; Aboukhlal, Oosting, Gudmundsson
Probability: RKC Waalwijk 1-3 AZ Alkmaar
AZ Alkmaar have the mental edge over this game as they have demonstrated their dominance over RKC in the past. We give them the tip to achieve a relatively comfortable win and start their season on a grand scale.
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