PREVIEW: WEEKEND DUTCH ACTION
Both Aron Johannsson and Charles Kazlauskas travel to Eindhoven this weekend, as AZ take on PSV while Helmond face rivals FC Eindhoven.
PSV - AZ
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar hope to stretch their winning streak to three games this Saturday when they face PSV.
AZ have come out of Holland's month long winter break on a roll, outscoring their opponents 5-0 in their two games since. Johannsson has played a big part, as he has all year for Dick Advocaat's team. The Alabama-born striker has scored goals in each of his team's last two games, bringing his tally up to 12 in the league and 20 in all competitions.
In seventh place at the moment, AZ moved one spot above PSV last weekend, taking a one point advantage over this weekend's opponents with their 3-0 win over NAC Breda.
PSV have lost three of their last five in the league, and have dropped from a potential Champions League spot, to the fringes of Europa League qualification. The Dutch superpower has a score to settle with AZ, who ended their seven game undefeated run to start the Eredivisie season. Since that 2-1 loss to AZ on September 28th, PSV have only managed thre
e wins in the Eredivisie.
Johannsson scored the game winner in the 57th minute in the previous match up between the two teams.
Dirk Marcellis is still out for AZ with a long term knee injury, while PSV will be missing young midfielder Abel Tamata for the contest.
FC Eindhoven - Helmond Sport
Looking to avenge an August 9th loss at home, Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport travel to take on FC Eindhoven in a derby match this Friday.
Eindhoven defeated Helmond 2-1 thanks to a Juanito Sequeira own goal back in August. Helmond and their supporters need to drive only 20 kilometer's west on the A270 highway to Eindhoven for the rematch on Friday.
Eindhoven have excelled since the first game between the two, as they currently sit in third place in the Eerste Divisie, six spots above ninth place Helmond. Dropping off slightly after a great start, Eindhoven are back to their winning ways, going 6-1-2 in their last nine games in the league.
After dropping three consecutive games in November, Helmond were able to bounce back with an undefeated December. Kaz and teammates couldn't pick up where they left off however, dropping their first game after the winter break, a 2-1 defeat to VVV Venlo last weekend.
Kazlauskas played all 2,070 minutes of Helmond's first 23 games this season. The versatile Milwaukee native has performed primarily at right back, but has also played a handful of games at defensive midfielder, contributing two goals so far this season.
Neither team are reporting any injuries for Friday's game.
Juan Agudelo was cleared to play for Utrecht on Friday and could make his debut this weekend.