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The champion, the number four and the first relegation are known, but in the last Eredivisie round, the last play-off ticket for European football is allocated and the decisions fall at the bottom. An overview of the situation.

Five teams in the race for play-offs

The battle for the last tickets to the European football play-offs is undiminished exciting. NEC took eighth place in the penultimate round, but there are still several hijackers on the coast. In addition to Heerenveen, Go Ahead Eagles, FC Groningen and SC Cambuur can still get a place in the play-offs.

With Heerenveen-Go Ahead Eagles and FC Groningen-SC Cambuur there are two duels where direct competitors face each other. NEC has the best position on paper with a home game against low-flyer Fortuna Sittard, but the Limburgers still need points to prevent any direct relegation or post-competition for self-preservation.

The number eight in the Eredivisie will compete with AZ, Vitesse and FC Utrecht for a ticket for the second preliminary round of the Conference League. FC Twente qualified directly for the third preliminary round of the European club tournament on Wednesday by securing fourth place, at the expense of AZ.

Standings in battle for eighth place

  • 8. NEC 33-38 (-13)
  • 9. SC Heerenveen 33-38 (-15)
  • 10. Go Ahead Eagles 33-36 (-12)
  • 11. FC Groningen 33-36 (-13)
  • 12. SC Cambuur 33-36 (-18)

NEC has the ticket for the play-offs completely in their own hands.

NEC has the ticket for the play-offs completely in their own hands.

NEC has the ticket for the play-offs completely in their own hands.

Photo: ANP

Blood-curdling relegation battle

Last Wednesday, the curtain fell for PEC Zwolle, but the battle at the bottom is far from settled. Willem II is virtually relegated as number seventeen and Fortuna Sittard is heading for the post-competition. Sparta Rotterdam and even Heracles Almelo are not yet safe either.

The last two teams will play against each other in the final round. It could be a bitter end to the season, especially for Heracles; the club already expressed the necessary ambitions for next season with Carlos Vicens, the current assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, as the new trainer, but a defeat against Sparta and a victory of Fortuna at NEC has sent Heracles to the post-season.

Willem II, on Wednesday still very close to unofficial relegation, can crawl through the eye of the needle. The Tilburg players play at home against FC Utrecht, which has already been played out, and with favorable results on the other fields, they can not only prevent relegation, but even directly protect their lives. On the other hand: if Sparta and Fortuna win, Willem II is even relegated with a victory.

Relegation battle

  • 14. Heracles Almelo 33-34 (-14)
  • 15. Sparta Rotterdam 33-32 (-20)
  • 16. Fortuna Sittard 33-32 (-32)
  • 17. Willem II 33-30 (-28)
  • 18. PEC Zwolle 33-27 (-25)

Heracles Almelo seemed safe for a long time, but now has to fear a place in the postseason.

Heracles Almelo seemed safe for a long time, but now has to fear a place in the postseason.

Heracles Almelo seemed safe for a long time, but now has to fear a place in the postseason.

Heracles Almelo seemed safe for a long time, but now has to fear a place in the postseason.

Photo: ANP

Round 34 (Sunday, 2.30 pm)

  • Vitesse-Ajax
  • PEC Zwolle-PSV
  • Feyenoord-FC Twente
  • AZ-RKC Waalwijk
  • Willem II FC Utrecht
  • FC Groningen-SC Cambuur
  • sc Heerenveen-Go Ahead Eagles
  • NEC-Fortuna Sittard
  • Heracles Almelo-Sparta Rotterdam
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