AZ Alkmaar vs Hacken Match Info
Date: Thursday July 25 2019
Kick-off time: 7.30pm BST
Venue: AFAS Stadion
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (Ukraine)
AZ Alkmaar vs Hacken Head-To-Head Record
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AZ Alkmaar vs Hacken Stats
- This is Hacken’s first ever European match against a Dutch team
- AZ Alkmaar have hosted Swedish opposition twice previously in Europe, in 2010 and 2011, and won 2-0 and 4-1 respectively
- Hacken have lost four of their last six European away matches to nil
AZ Alkmaar vs Hacken Match Preview
AZ Alkmaar suffered disappointment at this same qualifying stage of the Europa League last season, but are expected to put themselves in the driving seat when they host Hacken.
The Dutch club have been regular visitors to the group stage of this competition over the last 15 years, appearing nine times, as well as one campaign in the round-robin phase of the Champions League.
But last term, the 2005 semi-finalists fell at their opening hurdle against Kairat Almaty of Kazakhstan and will be keen to ensure they do not experience a similar fate against their Swedish opponents.
Third in the Eredivisie last season, that was AZ’s joint best finish since their title triumph under Louis van Gaal a decade ago and it was a positive way for manager John van den Brom to bow out, his departure having been announced in December and, as expected, he has taken over at Utrecht.
His former assistant Arne Slot is now at the helm in his first managerial role and will be hopeful of starting with a victory against Hacken, who were fifth in the Allsvenskan last term and are on course to finish around the same position again, if not slightly higher.
Although the club from Gothenburg had an excellent victory over Sparta Prague six years ago, their European pedigree is nowhere near as strong as AZ’s and the club who have just signed Jordy Clasie on a permanent deal from Southampton are fancied to claim a comfortable first-leg advantage.
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AZ Alkmaar vs Hacken Betting Tips
AZ Alkmaar to win and over 1.5 goals in the match @ Evens with Coral
AZ Alkmaar -1 on the handicap @ 9/5 with Paddy Power