Gil Vicente vs AZ Alkmaar prediction, preview, team news, and more

Gil Vicente will host AZ Alkmaar at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos on Thursday in the second leg of UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying.

The Portuguese side have struggled for form after a positive season, which saw them beat Riga FC 5-1 on aggregate in the previous qualifying round. They were beaten 4-0 in the first leg of this game last week and now have a mountain to climb. Vicente made his European debut this summer but has already exceeded expectations.

Alkmaar, meanwhile, have performed brilliantly this season, picking up comfortable wins in their qualifying campaign. They took the first leg victory with four players on the scoresheet in a very clinical performance.

The visitors have featured in the group stage of European competition for the past three seasons and will be looking to continue that campaign.

Gil Vicente vs AZ Alkmaar

Thursday’s game will mark the second meeting between the two sides after their first clash last week.

Vicente needs a miracle this week to advance to the group stage after a disastrous first leg result to extend his dream European run.

Gil Vicente Form Guide (all competitions): DLLWW

AZ Alkmaar form guide (all competitions): WWWWL

Gil Vicente vs AZ Alkmaar Team News

Gilles Vicente

The hosts will be without Lucas Barros, Stanislav Kritsyuk and Murilo de Souza this week as the trio are injured.

injured: Lucas Barros, Stanislav Kritsyuk, Murilo de Souza

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Unavailable: None

AZ Alkmar

Jesper Karlsson and Zinho Vanhuesden are injured and are not expected to play this week. Both Jens Odgaard and Riechedly Bazoer are major doubts as they continue their recovery from injury.

injured: Jesper Karlsson, Zinho Vanhuesden

Doubtful: Jens Odgaard, Riechedly Bazoer

Suspended: None

Unavailable: None

Gil Vicente vs AZ Alkmaar XI planned

Gil Vicente (4-3-3): Andrew Ventura (GK); Henrique Gomes, Ruben Fernanes, Tomas Araujo, Danilo Veiga; Pedro Tiba, Vitor Carvalho, Kanya Fujimoto; Kevin Villodres, Fran Navarro, Juan Boselli

AZ Alkmar (4-2-3-1): Hobie Verhulst (GK); Milos Kerkez, Bruno Martins Indi, Sam Beukema, Pantelis Chatzidiakos; Tiijani Reijnders, Jordy Clasie; Myron van Brederode, Dani de Wit, Hakon Evjen; Vangelis Pavlidis

Gil Vicente vs AZ Alkmaar Prediction

Vicente is on a three game winless streak, losing two and drawing the other. They failed to score in that span and might struggle here.

Alkmaar, meanwhile, are on a four-game winning streak and have lost just one of their last nine games in all competitions. They already have a foot in the group stage and should finish the job this week.

Prediction: Gil Vicente 0-3 AZ Alkmaar

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