Another day, another hugely important match. After the Europa League elimination on Thursday, the game in the league versus AZ follows. AZ is currently the most dangerous title contender next to Ajax. Can Ajax get back into winning ways?
AZ is the biggest rival to Ajax’ title aspirations this season. They’re only three points behind so a loss on Sunday would see them level on points. The last month hasn’t been great, to say the least, for AZ. They got beaten in the KNVB Cup by second-division-side NAC Breda and just like Ajax they also got eliminated from the Europa League. Austrian side LASK proved to be too much for AZ.
A win would get Ajax a massive step closer to the 35th Eredivisie title. A six-point lead over direct rivals AZ at this point should, we don’t want to jinx it, be enough. If AZ wins, however, it’s going to be a very thrilling end of the season.
Ajax – AZ, also known as the North-Holland derby, is often a heated battle. The last time the two teams met was in December of 2019. AZ won via a header by Boadu in the last minute of the game. Boadu is, together with Calvin Stengs, the most dangerous asset of AZ. The two young and fast forwards are already for a combined total of 29 goals and 25 assists. Idrissi, the other winger, should also be mentioned as someone to keep your eye on as he has bagged 16 goals already.
There will probably be a few changes compared to the Getafe game on Thursday. Tagliafico will be back in the starting XI after he was suspended on Thursday. Quincy Promes played a half and seems to be ready to start as well on Sunday. The big question is if Ziyech is ready to start. He’ll most likely feature and we kind of expect him to start as well. That’ll probably cost Gravenberch his starting spot.
Expected line-up Ajax: Onana; Dest, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico; Martinez, Van de Beek, Ziyech; Babel, Tadic, Promes
Expected line-up AZ: Bizot; Svensson, Leeuwin, Koopmeiners, Wijndal; Midsjo, Clasie, de Wit; Stengs, Boadu, Idrissi