This Sunday, April 30, 2017 will be kicked off at 6:00 PM in De Kuip. The final of the KNVB Cup will be played between AZ and Vitesse, a direct battle for a coveted place in the Europa League. Both clubs have the chance to win an actual prize and that will provide the necessary passion. The Alkmaarders have a lot more experience in this type of duels and that is why we rank AZ as the winner for 2.27 euros at the Kroon Casino.
AZ difficult to final
AZ did not know the hardest way to the final, but it did not go without saying. The cup tournament started with a final match at FC Lienden, this match ended in 1-4. In the round that followed, AZ won 1-0 vs. FC Emmen. The quarterfinals were achieved after a 2-0 win over the amateurs of ASWH.
In the quarterfinals AZ had to play against sc Heerenveen, the first cup match against an Eredivisie club. With a lot of luck, 1-0 was won, the only goal of the match came from the head of Derrick Luckassen. In the semi-final AZ encountered Cambuur Leeuwarden, this turned out to be a real thriller. Only after penalties AZ could call itself a finalist of the KNVB cup tournament.
Vitesse handsome to the cup final
The first hurdle in the cup tournament for Vitesse were the amateurs from De Dijk. It turned out to be an easy game, the Arnhem team triumphed with 2-7. RKC Waalwijk won well afterwards with 1-4. The quarterfinals were achieved after a victory over Jodan Boys (0-4).
In the quarterfinals Vitesse was linked to Feyenoord. What appeared to be an unachievable job beforehand turned out to be a true surprise. Vitesse won 0-2 in Rotterdam and qualified for the semi-final. In the half final, Vitesse was 1-2 too strong for Sparta Rotterdam, which eliminated Ajax one lap earlier.
Why AZ will win from Vitesse!
The Alkmaarders have more experience in decisive duels, so in the past five years it managed to reach the KNVB Cup three times and twice the final. In the 2012/2013 season, AZ won the cup by beating PSV in the final. In addition, AZ won the last two games, while Vitesse lost twice.
Quotes at the Kroon Casino
* AZ wins the KNVB Cup: 2.27 euros
* Vitesse wins the KNVB Cup: 2.80 euros
* A tie after ninety minutes: 3.40 euros
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