• Friday, 9 April 2010

    Eredivisie round 31

    Waalwijk v Vitesse
    Twente v Heerenveen
    NAC v Roda
    NEC v AZ
    Sparta v Heracles
    Utrecht v Den Haag
    PSV v Feyenoord
    Ajax v VVV Venlo
    Groningen v Willem II

    One issue can be resolved this week. Waalwijk are down if they lose against Vitesse which would cap an utterly miserable campaign. With just the one automatic relegation place, it's rare to see clubs relegated this early, but they need to win all four remaining games to avoid finishing bottom while Willem II would need to lose all theirs. Trouble is, Waalwijk have only won four games all season so far, so that looks a little implausible. Willem II probably won't win at Groningen, but they'll need points to avoid the relegation play-offs. It's between them, Den Haag - onto a loser at Utrecht this week - and Sparta - also unlikely to win against Heracles.

    Up at the top, it won't be resolved this week, or next for that matter. Twente just need to do what they've done all season long for four more games. At home to Heerenveen this week, they look good to do just that. Ajax won't give up the chase and will see off VVV Venlo while PSV have a trickier task at home to Feyenoord who themselves need points to maintain fourth ahead of resurgent AZ. The outgoing champions are away in Nijmegen this week and a win for them couple with a Feyenoord loss and fourth place changes hands. NAC and Roda have both flirted with the Europa League play-offs, but both dropped out in the last few weeks. They face off against each other this week. No European football next season for the losers.

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