Eriksen plays down crunch clash

A look ahead to this weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie as Ajax and PSV prepare to do battle.

Last Updated: 11/04/13 at 21:21 Post Comment

Christian Eriksen: Will lead the line for Ajax

Christian Eriksen: Will lead the line for Ajax

The winner of the top of the table Eredivisie clash between Ajax and PSV Eindhoven will not decide the destination of the title, according to Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Ajax have won their previous five league fixtures and hold a three-point lead over rivals PSV at the top of the table with Eindhoven knowing defeat at home to the league-leaders on Sunday could see them cut adrift with just four games remaining.

Although a win for Ajax could see them put one hand on a 32nd Dutch title Eriksen, 21, does not feel the title fight will be over - regardless of the result at the Phillips Stadion.

Asked whether it was a clash that could decide the title winners, Eriksen told AD Sportwereld: "That can only say at the end of the season - there are so many more points to play for this season."

Denmark international Eriksen will come up against Dutch veteran Mark van Bommel in the match and the highly-rated youngster is looking forward to testing himself against the 35-year-old.

"I think it's just fun," he added.

"Van Bommel is a player who has been through a lot, played everywhere and certainly not on the way out.

"He is doing well, keeping the team together - he may well be irritating, has his tricks, but it's not dirty or anything. And it's only annoying if you lose. I'm not worried."

Vitesse Arnhem could move level on points with Ajax ahead of Sunday's game when they travel to struggling Roda JC on Saturday.

Fred Rutten's side are currently on a seven-game winning run but the Vitesse coach is already eyeing an eighth victory at Roda.

"We still have five games to go," he said. "Five times we will go for the win, starting Saturday against Roda JC."

Roda, who currently occupy a relegation play-off place in the table, will be interested in the result between VVV-Venlo and PEC Zwolle on Friday evening.

VVV are four points behind Roda in 17th whilst PEC sit four points clear of the danger zone.

Feyenoord, who also have a slim chance of mounting a late surge for the title, travel to face RKC Waalwijk on Sunday with Heerenveen hosting Willem II and Utrecht taking on AZ Alkmaar.

Saturday's other matches see NAC Breda entertain NEC whilst Heracles clash with Groningen and Twente travel to ADO Den Haag.


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