• Saturday, 17 April 2010

    Squeaky bum time: Eredivisie reviews/previews

    AZ 1-0 Twente
    Heracles 4-1 Waalwijk
    Vitesse 1-1 NAC
    Roda 4-2 VVV Venlo
    Willem II 0-2 Ajax
    Feyenoord 3-0 Sparta
    Heerenveen 2-2 PSV
    Den Haag 2-3 NEC
    Utrecht 1-1 Groningen

    The four-point gap that Twente had built up allowed them one slip-up. They've now had it. Mounir El Hamdaoui's eight-minute goal was enough to beat the long-time leaders for just the second time this season. Ajax duly beat Willem II, as everyone expected, in a comfortable Luis Suarez - another penalty - and Marko Pantelic struck league goals number 97 and 98 for the season. Ajax's last two games look simple victories. Twente take on Feyenoord this week. This weekend could see it settled.

    PSV could only draw as their season ends with a whimper. They were twice pegged back by Heerenveen while Feyenoord comfortably won the Rotterdam derby, a result which leaves Sparta in the bottom three. Feyenoord remain just two points ahead of AZ in the second automatic Europa League spot.

    Waalwijk's season can't end soon enough after Everton scored twice in an easy Heracles win and Den Haag remain in trouble after blowing a two-goal lead against NEC. Three goals in the last 12 minutes, including a Christian Kum own goal, turned the game around. Utrecht and Groningen drew, as did Vitesse and NAC, Edwin de Graaf striking in the dying seconds to rescue a point for the Breda club.

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

    Interesting week this week, the penultimate round of fixtures. It will see Twente fans hoping local rivals Heracles can do them a favour while Ajax will be hoping for the same from their arch-nemeses Feyenoord. It's still in Twente's hands. They win their last two and Ajax can score as many as they like and it won't matter. Feyenoord are an awkward bunch and it's easy to see them getting something out of this game. It's a lot harder to make a case for Heracles to get anything from Ajax. PSV can still win it, but need to win both of their games while hoping neither Ajax nor Twente win again. Unlikely. And if Groningen get anything from the game, it's over for the Eindhoveners.

    Should Twente win, then AZ can go ahead of Feyenoord into fourth place by beating struggling Willem II. Sparta start the round in the bottom three and have a tough game against Utrecht while Den Haag are at home to Waalwijk and will be looking for a vital win. VVV have slipped back after some poor results lately and they take on NEC while there's little riding on the other games between Heerenveen and NAC and Vitesse and Roda.

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