Vaduz vs AZ Alkmaar – Despite their hopes of moving on to the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) knockout stages dangling by a thread, Vaduz have far from embarrassed themselves and their country when taking into account that they are Liechtenstein’s first representatives in a European group stage. However, anything less than victory over two-time Eredivisie champions AZ Alkmaar will see that meager glimmer of hope destroyed, and after alternating between draws and losses in their first four games, that obstacle seems to be nearly insurmountable (D2, L2).
The Liechtenstein Cup holders compete in Switzerland’s second-tier Challenge League and are in danger of being demoted, but they may be helped by having earned two-thirds of their total points during a four-game winning streak (W2, D2). Vaduz proved they have the ability to surprise strong teams by defeating Rapid Vienna (1-0) and Konyaspor (4-2) in the Austrian and Turkish premier divisions, respectively, as huge underdogs to advance to this group stage.
Vaduz vs AZ Alkmaar– Betting Analysis
In the event that Group E rivals Dnipro-1 lose their game later in the evening, AZ will go into their match against Vaduz knowing that a win would be enough to advance them to the round of 16 with a game remaining. Alkmaar travel with a strong European pedigree and a potent offensive arsenal, with a city population that is over three times that of Liechtenstein, a commanding W8, L2 UECL record under manager Pascal Jansen that includes qualifying rounds and an average of 3.25 goals in those eight wins.
The AZ players may be wary after suffering unexpected losses as favorites at Apollon (0-1) and Excelsior (1-2) prior to this match, but Jansen was anything from shy in his analysis of the Excelsior outcome: “Particularly the first half was scandalous and well below the standard we want. Players and staff should both feel guilty “. However, the Cheese Heads may be quietly optimistic of coming back with a mature performance given their recent trip to Cyprus and their four-game unbeaten streak in away European games (W2, D2).
Players to keep an eye on: Dejan Djokic has contributed to four goals in Vaduz’s previous two victories, helping them to open up a six-point lead over the relegation zone domestically (G1, A3). Dani de Wit, who is as important for AZ in Europe, has helped to score half of his team’s goals during the UECL group stage (G3, A1), but he’s been without a goal for four games in all competitions.