BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Friday, December 6, 2013
Aron Johannsson and AZ face FC Twente in a high powered Eredivisie matchup, while Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport take on FC Emmen down in the Eerste Divisie.
AZ - FC Twente
Having dropped all the way to sixth place from first over their last three games, Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar hope to get back on track in the Eredivisie against FC Twente.
Johannsson has been a stalwart at the top of manager Dick Advocaat's attack this season. Having Started all but one game thus far, the American striker has found the back of the net 10 times in 15 games for AZ this season.
While Johannsson's goal haul is mightily impressive, he only has six from open play while four penalties have supplemented his tally. Roy Beerens and Mattias Johannsson are tied behind The Iceman with three goals a piece as AZ are seventh in the league with 27 goals scored.
Twente are flying high at the moment, having won their last two and gone undefeated in their last four to push their way up to third. While Johannsson poses a threat to Twente's backline, there is a bundle of Twente attackers who figure to give Advocaat a nightmare. Luc Castaiganos (8 goals), Quincy Promes (8 goals), and Dusan Tadic (6 goals) are a fearsome trio of attackers who have combined to help Twente to the top of the league in goals scored.
Viktor Elm and Dirk Marcellis are out injured for AZ while Nemanja Gudelj will sit out with a red card suspension. Wout Brama and Dico Koppers are injured and unavailable for Twente.
FC Emmen - Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport hit the road to take on FC Emmen this weekend in a battle between two middling Eerste Divisie teams.
Kazlauskas has started every game for Helmond this year, including their 3-1 win over MVV last weekend. The 31 year old has rotated between right back and defensive midfield for Helmond, as they've struggled defensively this season. Although they're eighth place in the league, Helmond are tied for most goals allowed, having allowed 41 goals in 19 games.
Emmen come into the match limping, having gone 1-4-0 in their last five league games after starting towards the top of the league.
Helmond can take some inspiration from the fact that they put Emmen to the sword in their previous meeting this season, riding two goals a piece from Marc Koot and Davy Brouwer to a 5-2 trouncing.
Helmond have their full compliment of players available for the game, while Emmen will be without midfielder Yannick de Wit due to a red card suspension.