FC Den Bosch is very strong in the beginning of the season, but the last few weeks before the winter break, the Brabanders did not really succeed anymore. The Bosschenaren will have to win from Jong AZ on Monday-evening to stay in the top five.
Jong AZ :
Young AZ is the newcomer in the Jupiler League and the first season on the second level of Dutch professional football seems to start with a big deception. The team of coach Martin Haar became champion of the Second Division with great force, but this season the Alkmaarders are not able to impress. Jong AZ is actually unlucky that talented players such as Jeremy Helmer, Teun Koopmeiners, Guus Til and Thomas Ouwejan have already managed to claim playing minutes in the Eredivisie, so they no longer play in the Jupiler League. So she had to improvise quite a lot and that resulted in the results not being able to write home about. The last seven league games were all lost and during that series, the team collected exactly 2.5 goals per game.
Last Monday it went wrong again in the home game against SC Cambuur. Young AZ played pretty well with the guests from Leeuwarden, but after fifty minutes of football again was empty-handed. Xander Houtkoop had put the visitors on a 0-1 lead just after halftime and later Cambuur defended that small margin with success. It was already the fourteenth defeat of the season for Young AZ.
Jong AZ will have to pull out another vial against FC Den Bosch. The last two duels with RKC Waalwijk and SC Cambuur played the youngsters quite well, but at the end of the stage there was twice 0-1 on the board. Furthermore, it is for Her to hope that his attack is a bit better because in the last five games Jong AZ failed to score four times. Perhaps this time players from the first team are closing because a game is played on a Monday and that could positively influence the performance. However, this does not apply to Dabney Dos Santos, Levi Garcia, Levi Opdam and Fred Friday. These four players were recently let to play minutes at a higher level than Young AZ.
FC Den Bosch seemed this season to finally make a throw at a place with the best five in the Jupiler League, but the last few weeks the Brabanders have trouble to turn games into a win and the free fall seems to have started. The formation of trainer Wil Boessen only won one of the last seven matches and that’s why the Bosschenaren sank to tenth place. In itself this is not a bad position for FC Den Bosch, but the fans now hope for more as their team during the first months of the season has shown that there is a lot of potential in the team. The last few weeks this did not really matter anymore. A home win over Go Ahead Eagles was still a highlight, but in the four games that followed FC Den Bosch only got one point.
Last week it went wrong for the home crowd in the match against Almere City, which is in good shape. The visitors have found their way up, but FC Den Bosch seemed to be a baton for that advance. The men from Boessen shot out of the starting blocks and that quickly resulted in the opening goal of Sven Blummel. The hosts then failed to successfully defend that lead. Tom Overtoom quickly became right and after retirement, Almere City drew the game through goals from Dennis van der Heijden and Silvester van der Water.
Against FC AZ, FC Den Bosch now has the ideal opportunity to hit back. For the blue shirts, there is now a period of on or off hooking and actually this contest should therefore be won. An advantage is that Boessen is very likely to have its best potential. Mattias Andersson and Giorgio Siani have been sidelined for months due to injuries, but they are now close to playing minutes. They could be included by Boessen in the match selection.
Insider TIP: Den Bosch to win – 2.10