Swedish side Malmo provide Thursday's opposition at the AFAS Stadion but Verbeek is refusing to preoccupy himself with the visitors' likely threat.
"Playing our own game is our best chance of a good result," he told reporters. "I have no energy for the extended analysis of Malmo.
"Of course I have seen videos, but we will not change our approach. They will respect us, but not fear. It is up to Malmo to stop us. How? I cannot read the Malmo coach's mind.
"Malmo are a physically strong team. My expectation is that they will play 4-4-2.
"I'm not good at names - you get that when you have passed 40. But songs I know. Their number nine is a Brazilian. He played briefly behind their new purchase, number 13. Ranegie, or something."
Wilton Figueiredo and Mathias Ranegie will indeed carry the attack for Malmo, who are languishing in eighth place in their domestic league.
And AZ's Swedish midfielder Rasmus Elm said: "I think they find it mentally difficult to focus on the competition. One week they play against Rangers (in Champions League qualifying), the following week against Gefle.
"Is it special for me to take on a Swedish team? Well, I've already played against Swedish teams, 90 times or more."
AZ will be without ankle injury victims Maarten Martens and Ruud Boymans and keeper Joey Didulica, who is not match-fit after a neck problem and is back in Australia with his family.
His return to the club in the medium term looks uncertain and, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Verbeek is running the rule over free agent Niki Maenpaa as a potential replacement.
"Because it will take longer with Joey Didulica, we are looking for a goalkeeper," the coach told De Telegraaf.
"He was due to come back late August, but apparently it is now mid-October. Everyone knows that his contract expires at the end of this season. So we must talk to him about the near future, but also about the longer term.
"When Erik Heij Block is injured, as last week, I have a problem. It may be that Niki is going to help us out."