As we head into round 13 of the Eredivisie season, AZ Alkmaar head the proceedings following their third league win in a row under new manager, Dick Advocaat.

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vilhena cfThe round will commence on Friday evening when sc Heerenveen host joint bottom side, RKC Waalwijk. Marco van Basten’s side are winless in their last three games, whilst RKC Waalwik, who remain in the bottom three, have secured a heroic point at the Amsterdam Arena and defeated NAC Breda 3-0 last week.

Saturdays action starts with Roda JC entertaining newly promoted, Go Ahead Eagles. The visitors did not complete their home fixture against Heracles last week due to the abandonment. The hosts, Roda JC were involved in a further 3-3 draw this season as they sit comfortably in midfield. Vitesse Arnhem inflicted a second successive defeat on Ajax at the Amsterdam Zairean in their last two visits to the capital as they lie second behind AZ. In round 13 they host FC Utrecht at the Gelredome looking to head to the top of the table as they seek their maiden Eredivisie title.

The unpredictable Heracles Almelo host FC Groningen at the Polman Stadion before ADO Den Haag take on SC Cambuur to conclude Saturdays action.

Sunday should certainly be labelled “Super” as six clubs out of the top 8, separated by just 3 points, take to the field. Two former league leaders will kick start the action when PEC Zwolle host FC Twente. Both sides drew last week with FC Twente disappointing at home in a 2-2 draw with NEC Nijmegen, whilst the ten men of PEC Zwolle held PSV to a 1-1 share of the spoils. Talking of bottom side NEC Nijmegen, they face a further difficult tie at home to Ajax, however they are certainly playing with confidence following their first league win in round 11. Ajax on the other hand have struggled in the league recently as they are without a win since round 9. The winless run includes a scoreless draw at home to RKC Waalwijk whilst being defeated at home to Vitesse. A vital, midweek Champions League win against Celtic on Sunday should give them the required lift to get their season back on track.

The remaining two games feature the two Dutch sides who feature in the Europa League, with both PSV and AZ Alkmaar playing at home on Thursday. PSV have suffered two defeats in their last three Eredivisie games and have also been knocked out of the Dutch Cup, they travel to NAC Breda. The concluding fixture of the round, and arguably the feature, will see Feyenoord host the league leaders, AZ Alkmaar. The two sides are separated by just two points at the top.

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