The Eredivisie title race will go to the wire on Sunday with defending champions PSV Eindhoven and current leaders Ajax level on points heading into their final game of the season.

  • By Michael Bell
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aja psv youn miIn what should be the most exciting final day of the season in the Netherlands for years, the race for the title couldn’t be closer with PSV and Ajax locked on 81 points.

Ajax, who have led the table for 26 weeks of the season, travel to second-bottom De Graafschap knowing a win should be enough for Frank de Boer to get his hands on the title for the fifth time in six years. Their superior goal difference of +6 over PSV should be enough for the Amsterdam side should their rivals also pick up a win at PEC Zwolle. However, any slip up in Doetinchem for Ajax will present PSV with the opportunity to win their second successive title.

De Graafschap are guaranteed to finish 17th, and with a relegation play-off to come next week against MVV, they may have the urge to rest a few players in what is essentially a dead rubber for them against Ajax. However, the Superboeren have been given incentives to win the tie, with PSV sponsors Telefoniebedrijf PHC promising each De Graafschap player an I Phone 7 should they triumph on Sunday, while Davy Propper has promised his brother Robin, who plays in the De Graafschap defence, a holiday should he help PSV to the title.

PSV themselves dont have an easy round though, with seventh placed PEC Zwolle looking to confirm their place in the end of season European play-offs. A defeat for PEC Zwolle coupled with wins for NEC and Groningen could see Ron Jans side fall out of the top eight and they will be determined to spoil PSV’s title chances.

What else is up for grabs on the final day?

  • FC Utrecht host AZ Alkmaar in a battle for fourth place and an automatic place in the Europa League. AZ currently sit three points ahead of Utrecht with a better goal difference of +4. A comfortable win for Utrecht can see them leap into the fourth spot and condemn AZ to the play-offs.
  • Fifth to eighth place will contest the European play-offs which start next week. Heracles are assured of a place along with one of AZ or Utrecht. However, PEC Zwolle (7th), Groningen (8th), NEC Nijmegen (9th) and Vitesse (10th) will battle it out for the final two places. PEC Zwolle host PSV, Groningen host Heracles, NEC travel to Feyenoord and Vitesse are at Twente.
  • Cambuur are definitely down, while De Graafschap will finish 17th. However, 17th place is still being contested. Willem II occupy it now but Excesior could still fall into the relegation play-offs. Willem II travel to Roda JC one point and with a better goal difference behind Excelsior who face Cambuur in Leeuwarden.

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