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Who will be the second direct relegator? Which team will still have an escape route through the promotion/relegation play-offs? And who will be the fourth participant in the playoffs for a starting ticket for the second qualifying round of the Conference League? In this post we highlight some competitions.

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  • Willem II – FC Utrecht
  • Heracles – Sparta
  • NEC – Fortuna Sittard
  • Heerenveen – Go Ahead Eagles
  • FC Groningen – Cambuur
  • AZ – RKC
  • Feyenoord – FC Twente
  • Vitesse – Ajax
  • PEC Zwolle – PSV

Follow all duels on Sunday (from 2.30 pm) via our scoreboard with the goalscorers, standings and extensive statistics.

Willem II player Derrick Köhn.

Willem II player Derrick Köhn.

Willem II – FC Utrecht

As number seventeen, Willem II still has a chance to avoid direct relegation. FC Utrecht must then be won and Sparta or Fortuna Sittard must lose. During the week, Derrick Köhn prevented Willem II from losing on a visit to SC Cambuur. For the wing defender it was his first Eredivisie goal this season.

Sparta trainer Maurice Steijn.

Sparta trainer Maurice Steijn.

Heracles Almelo – Sparta Rotterdam

Due to the weekday victory over PEC Zwolle, Sparta suddenly has enforcement in its own hands. With a win over Heracles, Maurice Steijn’s team is safe, but with any other result, relegation is still possible. Heracles Almelo can no longer be relegated directly, but the number fourteen of the Eredivisie must still take post-competition football into account in a defeat against Sparta.

Go Ahead Eagles trainer Kees van Wonderen.

Go Ahead Eagles trainer Kees van Wonderen.

SC Heerenveen – Go Ahead Eagles

It is a special duel for Go Ahead trainer Kees van Wonderen. Not only is it his last game on the bench with his team, but he also plays against his new employer SC Heerenveen. SC Heerenveen and Go Ahead Eagles are still hoping for eighth place, which entitles them to the play-offs for European football. Both teams have to win and hope that NEC loses points against Fortuna.

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.

Vitesse – Ajax

Ajax and Vitesse are no longer playing for anything in Arnhem on Sunday. The Amsterdammers are already champions of the Netherlands, while the Arnhemmers are sure of a place in the play-offs for European football.

For Ajax coach Erik ten Hag it is his last duel on the bench with his team. The trainer leaves for Manchester United and Alfred Schreuder succeeds him.

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Feyenoord coach Arne Slot.

Feyenoord coach Arne Slot.

Feyenoord – FC Twente

Feyenoord coach Arne Slot will play against FC Twente again in his normal formation, after he fielded a B-team against Go Ahead Eagles during the week. The coach wants to get his team sharp for the Conference League final.

As number four, FC Twente is assured of a place in the preliminary round of the Conference League. The tukkers have had a strong season and are returning to Europe for the first time in years.

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Guardiola calls on City fans to behave, Klopp hopes for Gerrard’s help | NOW

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Manager Josep Guardiola has urged Manchester City fans to behave well if the club are champions on Sunday. Colleague Jürgen Klopp of competitor Liverpool hopes that Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard can help his former club in the exciting title battle in the Premier League.

Manchester City and Liverpool will decide who will be champions during the last round on Sunday. League-leader City, which is up against Aston Villa, has a one point lead over number two Liverpool. ‘The Reds’ play against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Both title candidates play a home game, which will create a big party in one stadium. In recent days, Everton, Nottingham Forest and Port Vale have gone wild with overjoyed supporters storming onto the pitch. In Nottingham, Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp was headbutted by a fan, while Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira kicked an Everton supporter who was harassing him.

“We have to be very careful, the images of those games were not good,” Guardiola said at his press conference on Friday. “The combination of a lot of emotions, happiness and sometimes alcohol can be very dangerous. We have to behave as best as possible at City on Sunday and celebrate the possible title in the right way.”

The 51-year-old Spaniard can become champion for the tenth time in his coaching career and for the fourth time with City. This was previously possible in 2018, 2019 and 2021. “The title is the most difficult prize to win,” said Guardiola. “The season is so long, you have to deal with injuries and with good and bad moments. You notice that the atmosphere in the dressing room is better when you do well in the Premier League.”

Guardiola, who again has defenders Kyle Walker and John Stones, has urged his players to enjoy Sunday. “Of course the players feel that it is a very important game, but it is just a football game. We have to do what we have done in recent months.”

Standings in Premier League title fight

  • 1. Manchester City: 37-90 (+72)
  • 2. Liverpool: 37-89 (+66)

Klopp: ‘I’m sure Gerrard takes it very seriously’

Liverpool coach Klopp knows that his team is dependent on Aston Villa in the title fight on Sunday. A striking detail is that the club from Birmingham is trained by Gerrard. Klopp expects the Liverpool icon to be very eager to help his former club by achieving a good result against City.

“If I could help Dortmund or Mainz by winning a game, it would give me extra motivation,” Klopp said at his press conference on Friday about the two previous clubs he coached. “I’m sure Gerrard will take Sunday’s game 100 percent seriously, without me having to call him about it.”

The German trainer does not yet know whether he can have Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Fabinho, who are struggling with a minor injury, in the home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Liverpool are also looking closely at next Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

“It all looks good, the boys are making strides,” Klopp said of Van Dijk, Salah and Fabinho’s recovery. “But I have no idea what we will do with them next weekend. I prefer that they all play on Sunday to get some rhythm or at least sit on the bench, but I don’t know if that is possible.”

All Premier League matches start on Sunday at 5 p.m. Dutch time.

Jürgen Klopp (left) hopes for help from Steven Gerrard (right) on Sunday.


Jürgen Klopp (left) hopes for help from Steven Gerrard (right) on Sunday.

Jürgen Klopp (left) hopes for help from Steven Gerrard (right) on Sunday.

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