Because of Ajax’s progression to the Champions League semi-final, the 33rd and penultimate round of Eredivisie fixtures – originally scheduled for Sunday 28th April – have been shifted to the evening of Wednesday 15th May, all with a 19:30 (CET) / 18:30 (BST) kick-off.

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This prevents a scenario where Ajax would have to play Tottenham a mere two days after their Eredivisie fixture with De Graafschap. The KNVB therefore have permitted Ajax extra rest time before their upcoming semi-final, which is huge for Dutch football’s future as a whole, with extra money and reputation potentially in waiting for the league should Ajax progress further.

Nevertheless, the move has sparked controversy in the Netherlands, with some deeming it unfair for Ajax to receive an advantage in the title race, with PSV currently level on points with their rivals from Amsterdam with four games left to go.

The date change means that the 33rd round of fixtures instead becomes the last matchweek of the season; this notably conjures up De Graafschap meeting Ajax on the final day of the season (Wednesday, 15th). Many Dutch football fans will remember the last time that these two sides met on the last day, with De Graafschap sealing a 1-1 draw to prevent Ajax from winning the 2015-16 Eredivisie.

This also means that the end of season European & relegation play-off dates will all be moved to a later date.

Ajax’s remaining fixtures:

20 AprilFC Groningen-Ajax
23 AprilAjax-Vitesse
30 AprilTottenham Hotspur-Ajax (Champions League)
5 MayWillem II-Ajax (cup final)
8 MayAjax-Tottenham Hotspur (Champions League)
12 MayAjax-FC Utrecht (was the last Eredivisie round)
15 MayDe Graafschap-Ajax (was the 33rd Eredivisie matchweek)

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