BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Friday, November 1, 2013
Aron Johannsson and Charles Kazlauskas are both at home this weekend, as AZ face off against ADO Den Haag while Helmond host Jong Ajax.
AZ Alkmaar - ADO Den Haag
After receiving his first game off this season in AZ's midweek victory in the KNVB Cup, Aron Johannsson figures to spearhead the attack for Dick Advocaat's team when they take on ADO Den Haag on Saturday.
The two teams are at polar opposite ends of the Eredivisie standings, as AZ are two spots from the top at third place in the league while ADO are two spots from the bottom, at 16th in the 18 team league.
ADO have turned a corner lately however, winning three of their last five games in the league, including an impressive 3-2 victory over league leaders FC Twente in their last league game.
AZ are red hot recently, winning five of their last eight games, while only picking up one loss in that time frame.
Johannsson has performed admirably while attempting to fill the big shoes left by former AZ striker and US National Team teammate Jozy Altidore.
The Icelandic-American striker has scored 12 goals in all competitions for AZ thus far, seven of which have come in the Eredivisie putting him at third in the league.
Eli Babalj is unavailable for AZ due to a sports hernia while ADO's injury report lists Gianni Zuiverloon, Mitchell Schet, Kevin Jansen, and Vito Wormgoor as out for the game.
Helmond Sport - Jong Ajax
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport take on their third youth team in their last five games when they host Jong Ajax on Monday.
Helmond have emerged from their previous fixtures against Jong PSV and Jong Twente, but have an opportunity to climb up the Eerste Divisie standings with three points against Ajax.
Currently in eighth place in the league, Helmond are only three points shy of Sparta Rotterdam in second place.
Kazlauskas has been a rock for Helmond once again this year. The Milwaukee native has played all 1260 minutes for his team this season, splitting time between right back and defensive midfield.
Swedish international Tobias Sana highlights the lineup for Jong Ajax. The 24 year old has split time this year, playing four games with the first team and five for Jong Ajax.
Despite possessing a roster riddled with youth internationals, Jong Ajax have had a rough go of it in their first season in the professional Eerste Divisie. After losing their last five, the visitors have plummeted down to 16th in the league after a promosing start.
Fabian Sporkslede is out hurt and Vincent Vermelj will be serving a red card suspension for Jong Ajax while Helmond aren't reporting any absences.