BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Friday, September 20, 2013
Aron Johannsson and Charles Kazlauskas hit the road this weekend, as AZ take on struggling NAC and Helmond face-off against Volendam in a game between two of the division's highest scoring teams.
NAC Breda - AZ Alkmaar
On the heels of European success, Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar travel to take on floundering NAC Breda on Sunday.
Johannsson and his teammates have had a successful past week, after beating Go Ahead Eagles 3-0 last Sunday while also taking down Maccabi Haifa on the road in their opening Euro League Group Stage game on Thursday.
Until last weekend's match against Go Ahead Eagles, Johannsson had shown signs of cooling from his prolific early season scoring streak of late, but he was able to get back on the score sheet against Go Ahead Eagles with a self generated penalty effort.
The goal brought his Eredivisie tally up to four, while he has also added one in the Dutch Super Cup.
AZ are in sixth place in the league through six games, and are only three points adrift of surprise leaders PEC Zwolle.
Breda, with only one win in six games, are in 15th place in the 18-team league, but they hold a goal differential of only minus-one after their 5-1 shellacking of Roda JC last weekend.
Striker Fernando Lewis and defender Dirk Marcellis are unavailable for AZ this week due to injury.
NAC will only be without defender Mark Looms for the contest.
Volendam - Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport hope to keep their momentum going on Friday when they hit the road to take on Volendam.
The two teams are currently tied on points at 11, with Helmond edging out Volendam by one in goal differential.
Volendam started the season on fire, gaining seven points in their first four games, but have hit a wall of late, picking up only four points in their last five.
Helmond's season has taken a turn as well, but their's for the better. After failing to win a game through their first four, Helmond have won three of their last four, most recently a 2-1 win over league leaders FC Dordrecht.
Kazlauskas has once again been a rock for his team, playing every minute of their campaign thus far between holding midfielder and right back. The Milwaukee native has contributed two assists in the process for the Eerste Divisie's second highest scoring team.
Volendam, tied for the third in Eredivisie in goals scored, are prolific in attack as well. Both teams have struggled defensively however, as Helmond and Volendam have allowed the second and third most goals, respectively, in the league this season.
Neither team are reporting any injuries or suspensions.
Dion Watson hopes to make an appearance for Fortuna Sittard Sunday when they host Sparta Rotterdam.