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Fans Hoping For Another Dutch Treat

Written by on May 14, 2011 | 7 Comments »
Posted in Ajax, AZ, Eredivisie

Ajax and Twente look to pick up where they left off last weekend. After 120 minutes of pulsating Cup Final action Twente finally won 3-2 after trailing 2-1.

This Sunday the destination of the Eredivisie will be a stake and the situation provides Twente with a decided edge. This is the final round of play and Twente sits top with 71 points while Ajax is a point behind.

Goal difference cannot come into the equation – simply put Ajax needs to win to take the title. Any other outcome and Twente will retain the Dutch title.

But there is also another possible outcome that puts both Ajax and Twente in a precarious situation. PSV sits third and cannot take the title but a win against Groningen will guarantee them a spot in next season’s Champions League qualifying group.

So a win for Twente or Ajax gives the respective winner the title – the loser a Europa League spot if PSV wins. A draw gives the title to Twente and Ajax would have to look to PSV to drop points in order to qualify for the Champions League.

PSV’s situation is no cake walk either. Groningen needs to win, AZ to lose and a swing of three in Groningen’s favour in order to gain direct access to next season’s Europa League. A combination less than that and Groningen will be involved in a Dutch play off in order to decide the Netherlands final Europa League entrant.

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7 responses to “Fans Hoping For Another Dutch Treat”

  1. Soccerlogical says:

    Looking forward to this game along with Wigan vs West Ham. Sure do hope it’s a Dutch Treat and not a “Dutch Oven”. 🙂

    *Jeez, Yaya Toure is a Patrick Vieira on nandrolone (oops, that’s Kolo sorry). Nevertheless, what counter attacking instinct on the midfielder!

  2. Gillian says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this match. I hope it’s a good one. I hate it when I look forward to matches that turn out to be boring.

  3. Gus Keri says:

    In England, three teams might have their fate decided tomorrow:

    1- Liverpool vs Tottenham (11:00 am)

    A win for Liverpool will gaurantee them a 5th place and Europa league next season.

    2- Chelsea vs Newcastle (8:30 am)

    A win by Chelsea will gaurantee them automatic place in the group stage of the UCL. A draw will almost do because of their huge goal difference advantage (37 vs 22).

    3- Wigan vs West Ham (11:00 am)

    A loss or a draw for West Ham will send them to the championship

  4. Erik says:

    Gus – the only thing that happened Sunday in England is we are looking at possibly the tightest Relagation race – EVER! ONE POINT separates 15th from 19th. I said it a few days ago and now I am convinced it will be the case – I fully expect the last 10-15 minutes of the games to see the Relegation battle still undecided and it won’t shock me at all to see a goal in the last 5 minutes change someone’s fate. Cell phones will be very useful Sunday. The Wolves/Blackburn game could see BOTH sides Relegated if they draw

  5. Boris says:

    Too little too late from Tottenham….

    I am sad to see West Ham relegated. I think they are better than that. There will be some good players that will be up for sale as a result.

  6. Gus Keri says:

    Erik:

    I agree with you
    The relegation battle, next week, is going to be bloody.
    Two teams playing each other and the other three playing away games.

    The last few minutes of today’s game between Wigan and West Ham were very exciting.

    I will go even further. We might see a goal scored in the last minute of added time to decide the fate of one or two teams.

    It’s going to be a thriller

  7. Gillian says:

    Good game between Ajax & Twente. Ajax are well-deserved champions. I’ve been really entertained by Eredivisie games this season.

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