On Tuesday evening, Eredivisie pair AZ Alkmaar and Utrecht met at the AFAS Stadion as both teams look to book their place in the last eight of the KNVB Beker.AZ Alkmaar form guide
The home team is experiencing a strong campaign, as Pascal Jansen’s side currently sits in second place in the Eredivisie table, just two points adrift of table-topping Feyenoord. A 1-1 draw at Volendam last time out means that AZ are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions. That unbeaten run includes an extraordinary 5-5 draw with Tuesday’s opponents in their last home match.
AZ have a good recent record in the KNVB Beker, winning four of their previous five matches in the competition while scoring at least twice in all four of the games. However, they have lost three of their last four home games in the competition.Utrecht form guide
The visitors are enjoying a decent Eredivisie campaign, as they are currently in the UEFA Conference League play-off spots. Michael Silverbauer’s team may have struggled for consistency of late, but they have suffered just one defeat in their previous seven matches in all competitions.
Utrecht’s recent record in the KNVB Beker is a good one, as they have won three of their last four games in the competitions, having also scored at least two goals in their last six matches.
Their recent away record in the KNVB Beker has been decent, as they have won seven of their last ten away games in the competition.Latest team news
AZ Alkmaar are likely to be without Riechedly Bazoer, Sam Beukema and Zinho Vanheusden through injury.
Utrecht looks set to be without Bas Dost, Ramon Hendriks, Bart Ramselaar and Django Warmerdam. Defender Tommy St. Jago is also a doubt, having not featured for the home side this season.What am I backing?
Both teams are in decent form heading into this encounter. However, I am going to back AZ to record a win and progress to the last eight of the competition.