By FRANCO PANIZO
Aron Johannsson has found his scoring touch in recent weeks, and AZ Alkmaar are surely hoping that it is only a sign of things to come.
AZ Alkmaar will look to count on Johannsson’s goal-scoring prowess on Sunday, as they visit Feyenoord in a match-up of the third and fourth-placed clubs in the Eredivisie. Johannsson has netted game-winning goals in two of AZ Alkmaar’s last three matches, and would help his team leapfrog Feyenoord and move closer to a UEFA Champions League spot if he were to do so again. Both clubs enter the match on long unbeaten runs in league play – AZ in six games and Feyenoord in eight – so the showdown will be one to watch.
While Johannsson tries to help move his club up the table, Alfredo Morales will attempt to keep his side where it is at. FC Ingolstadt are sitting atop the 2. Bundesliga table, five points clear of a runner-up Kaiserslautern team that they face on Sunday. Morales should be in his usual place in Ingolstadt’s lineup for that one, and will try to help the club pick up three points at home while also attempting to avoid to add to his eyebrow-raising six yellow cards this season.
There will be another intriguing battle of top two teams on this side of the Atlantic, with Tigres UANL aiming to finish off the upset of Club America in the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla Finals. Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres won the first leg at home on Thursday, 1-0, and will attempt to seal the deal on Sunday against Ventura Alvarado and America at the famed Estadio Azteca.
Here is who the Americans Abroad tussle with this weekend:
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Jann George and SpVgg Greuther Furth play Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig. (Boyd is out injured.)
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play VfL Bochum.
Cody Cropper and Southampton play Burnley.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Crystal Palace.
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play West Ham United.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play West Bromwich Albion.
Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Middlesbrough.
Jonathan Spector, Brek Shea and Birmingham City play Danny Williams and Reading. (Spector is out injured.)
Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Ipswich Town.
Oguchi Onyewu and Charlton Athletic play Blackpool.
Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Leeds United.
Will Packwood and Colchester United play Rochdale. (Packwood is suspended due to the red card he received last league game.)
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Rotherham United.
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund.
Julian Green and Hamburg SV play SC Freiburg.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Karlsruhe.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Bordeaux.
Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play SV Josko Ried.
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Swansea City.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Kaiserslautern.
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play Ajax Amsterdam.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KV Oostende.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL in the second leg of their Liguilla finals series.
Tim Howard and Everton play Queens Park Rangers.
Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Think Johannsson will get on the scoresheet again? Surprised by the amount of yellow cards Morales has received at this point in the season?
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