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AZ vs Bodø/Glimt betting tips: Europa Conference League preview, predictions and odds

DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 11: Peer Koopmeiners of AZ Alkmaar U23 during the Dutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie match between FC Den Bosch v AZ Alkmaar U23 at the Stadium De Vliert on January 11, 2021 in Den Bosch Netherlands (Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Sugawara, Yukinari
Chatzidiakos, Pantelis
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Wembangomo, Brice
Kongsro, Vegard
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Haikin, Nikita
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Solbakken, Ola
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Hoibraten, Marius
Kvile, Sigurd
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Sampsted, Alfons
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Pellegrino, Amahl
Koomson, Gilbert
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Espejord, Runar
Boniface, Victor
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Saltnes, Ulrik
Sowah, Kamal
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Sugawara, Yukinari
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Clasie, Jordy
Evjen, Hakon
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De Wit, Dani
Sowah, Kamal
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Pavlidis, Vangelis
Aboukhlal, Zakaria
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De Wit, Dani
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Reijnders, Tijani
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Pavlidis, Vangelis
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Pellegrino, Amahl
Pavlidis, Vangelis
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Sampsted, Alfons

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AZ have won all three previous Europa Conference League home games without conceding. They’ve also won both previous home games against Norwegian opposition. Bodø/Glimt though are unbeaten in five European away matches.

Both teams to score is 8/11.

Bodø/Glimt to qualify at the end of 90 minutes is 11/8.

Ola Solbakken is 14/1 to break the deadlock and 9/2 to add to his seven goals in this competition so far this season.

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AZ vs Bodø/Glimt betting tips: Europa Conference League preview, predictions and odds

ROME, ITALY – NOVEMBER 04: Ola Solbakken celebrates with teammates after scoring their team’s first goal during the UEFA Europa Conference League group C match between AS Roma and FK Bodø/Glimt at Stadio Olimpico on November 04, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

The first leg produced late drama but what lies in store as these two reconvene in Alkmaar?

A week ago, Bodø/Glimt were aiming for an eighth successive European home win and took the lead when Alfons Sampsted’s cross was headed in by Amahl Pellegrino.

However, in the 72nd minute, Aspmyra Stadion was stunned silent with Yukinari Sugawara picking out Zakaria Aboukhlal who cooly finished.

But, the back-to-back Norwegian champions weren’t to be denied as they were awarded a penalty deep into stoppage time.

With the last kick of the night, the coolest man in the Arctic Circle, Ola Solbakken, slotted it just out of Peter Vindahl Jensen’s reach.

So, 2-1 it finished to Bodø/Glimt who make the journey to the Netherlands with that slender advantage.

The Yellow Horde’s rise in recent years has been remarkable.

Despite only being promoted back to the top-flight in 2017, they’ve since won the back-to-back Eliteserien titles in both 2020 and last year.

In European terms, they reached the third qualifying round for the very first time last season before glamorously going out to A.C. Milan at San Siro.

But, this season, they overcame Valur Reykjavík, Prishtina and Žalgiris Vilnius, thereby qualifying for a UEFA group stage for the very first time.

There, Kjetil Knutsen’s side were unbeaten in matches against Roma, Zorya Luhansk and CSKA Sofia, before demolishing Celtic 5-1 in the first knockout round.

Now, this tiny club from the middle of nowhere in Northern Norway is one draw away from a European quarter-final.

AZ Alkmaar are far more experience at this level, losing to Ipswich Town in the UEFA Cup Final of 1981, before appearing in that tournament’s semi-finals in 2005.

This season, the Cheeseheads reached their 12th UEFA group stage in which they finished top, seven points clear of Randers, Jablonec and CFR Cluj.

AZ’s last knockout phase victory came against Anzhi Makhachkala eight years ago and Pascal Jansen’s side need a two-goal victory to change that statistic.

Will AZ produce a comeback at AFAS Stadion or will Bodø/Glimt’s fairytale continue into the quarter-finals?

AZ Alkmaar team news

AZ vs Bodø/Glimt betting tips: Europa Conference League preview, predictions and odds

VENLO – Owen Wijndal of AZ celebrates the victory during the Dutch Eredivisie match between VVV Venlo and AZ Alkmaar in the Covebo stadium De Koel on February 20, 2021 in Venlo, the Netherlands. ANP ED VAN DE POL (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Pascal Jansen made just one change from the first leg for Sunday’s surprise Eredivisie loss to FC Twente at home.

Peer Koopmeiners returned after missing the trip to Norway suspended with Yukinari Sugawara reverting to left-back.

On one hand, AZ have an established first XI, although fatigue could be an issue.

Bruno Martins Indi and Owen Wijndal are their experienced heads at the back while Dani de Wit is their midfield creator in chief.

Zakaria Aboukhlal’s goal in the first leg could see him start, supporting striker Vangelis Pavlidis who’s netted 15 times already this season.

Bodø/Glimt team news

AZ vs Bodø/Glimt betting tips: Europa Conference League preview, predictions and odds

Bodo/Glimt’s Amahl Pellegrino (no.11 right) celebrates scoring their side’s second goal of the game during the UEFA Europa Conference League Last 16 First Leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Thursday February 17, 2022. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)

After this, all four of Bodø/Glimt’s matches in 2022 will have been in Europe with the new Eliteserien season not starting until 3 April.

So, compared to their opponents, Kjetil Knutsen’s side will be fresh and there will be no reason for him to change too much.

Left-winger Amahl Pellegrino has already scored four times in Europe this season, including in the first leg and at Celtic Park.

Over on the other flank, Ola Solbakken has seven Europa Conference League goals to his name, netting against Žalgiris, Zorya, Roma, Celtic and now AZ.

Full-back Brice Wembangomo and striker Runar Espejord both arrived in January but both have been very impressive so far.

AZ Alkmaar vs Bodoe/Glimt form
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AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse Arnhem - 6:1
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Vitesse Arnhem vs AZ Alkmaar - 2:1
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AZ Alkmaar vs SC Heerenveen - 2:0
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SC Heerenveen vs AZ Alkmaar - 3:2
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AZ Alkmaar vs RKC Waalwijk - 1:3
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Valerenga IF Oslo vs Bodoe/Glimt - 0:1
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Bodoe/Glimt vs Aalesunds FK - 2:0
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Harstad vs Bodoe/Glimt - 0:5
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Kristiansund BK vs Bodoe/Glimt - 0:2
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Molde FK vs Bodoe/Glimt - 3:1
Last 5 games for AZ Alkmaar
May 29, 2022 Eredivisie 21/22 AZ Alkmaar 6  - 1 Vitesse Arnhem
May 26, 2022 Eredivisie 21/22 Vitesse Arnhem 2  - 1 AZ Alkmaar
May 22, 2022 Eredivisie 21/22 AZ Alkmaar 2  - 0 SC Heerenveen
May 19, 2022 Eredivisie 21/22 SC Heerenveen 3  - 2 AZ Alkmaar
May 15, 2022 Eredivisie 21/22 AZ Alkmaar 1  - 3 RKC Waalwijk
Last 5 games for Bodoe/Glimt
June 29, 2022 NM Cup 2022 Valerenga IF Oslo 0  - 1 Bodoe/Glimt
June 26, 2022 Eliteserien 2022 Bodoe/Glimt 2  - 0 Aalesunds FK
June 22, 2022 NM Cup 2022 Harstad 0  - 5 Bodoe/Glimt
June 18, 2022 Eliteserien 2022 Kristiansund BK 0  - 2 Bodoe/Glimt
May 29, 2022 Eliteserien 2022 Molde FK 3  - 1 Bodoe/Glimt
AZ Alkmaar vs Bodoe/Glimt UEFA Europa Conference League 21/22 form
AZ Alkmaar Bodoe/Glimt
8 Matches played 20
4 Matches won 11
30 Goal attempts 79
10 Shots on goal 39
15 Shots off goal 27
21 Corner kicks 47
20% Average ball possession 20%
5 Shots blocked 13
18 Cards given 18
20 Free kicks 135
14 Offsides 6
3 Shots on post 2
10 Goals by foot 21
1 Goals by head 3
11 Goals scored 37
7 Goals conceded 18
AZ Alkmaar vs Bodoe/Glimt statistics for most recent head to head matches
AZ Alkmaar Bodoe/Glimt
2 Matches 2
1 Home Matches 1
1 Away Matches 1
3 Total Goals 4
1.5 Average Goals Scored 2
0 Wins 1
1 Losses 0
1 Draws 1
Last 5 games & match results between AZ Alkmaar and Bodoe/Glimt
March 17, 2022 UEFA Europa Conference League 21/22 AZ Alkmaar 2  - 2 Bodoe/Glimt
March 10, 2022 UEFA Europa Conference League 21/22 Bodoe/Glimt 2  - 1 AZ Alkmaar

Eredivisie table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Ajax Amsterdam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 AZ Alkmaar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Excelsior Rotterdam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 FC Emmen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 FC Groningen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 FC Twente Enschede 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 FC Utrecht 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 FC Volendam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Feyenoord Rotterdam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Fortuna Sittard 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Go Ahead Eagles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 NEC Nijmegen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 PSV Eindhoven 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 RKC Waalwijk 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 SC Cambuur 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 SC Heerenveen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Sparta Rotterdam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Vitesse Arnhem 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last updated: 1 min ago

Eliteserien table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Lillestrom SK 12 8 3 1 24 11 13 27
2 Molde FK 11 8 1 2 22 11 11 25
3 Viking FK 13 6 3 4 24 17 7 21
4 Stroemsgodset IF 12 6 2 4 20 20 0 20
5 Bodoe/Glimt 11 5 4 2 22 14 8 19
6 Rosenborg BK 11 4 5 2 19 14 5 17
7 Sarpsborg 08 11 5 1 5 24 15 9 16
8 Aalesunds FK 12 4 4 4 14 17 -3 16
9 Hamarkameratene 11 3 6 2 17 14 3 15
10 Odds BK 12 5 0 7 11 17 -6 15
11 Sandefjord Fotball 10 4 1 5 16 19 -3 13
12 Tromsoe IL 11 2 7 2 15 18 -3 13
13 FK Haugesund 12 3 3 6 20 24 -4 12
14 Valerenga IF Oslo 12 3 2 7 12 22 -10 11
15 FK Jerv 10 2 1 7 5 19 -14 7
16 Kristiansund BK 9 0 1 8 6 19 -13 1
Last updated: 1 min ago

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What time is kick off between AZ Alkmaar vs Bodoe/Glimt?

17:45, Thursday 17 March 2022

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