Entering the second half of the season the Eredivisie title race is still up for grabs. PSV Eindhoven and Twente Enschede sit atop the table both with 40 points, followed closely by Ajax and Feyenoord with 37 points. Surprise of the season, Vittese Arnhem are still in the hunt with 35 points.
The Winter Pause ends this weekend with a series of intriguing fixtures headlined by the Klassieker, between Ajax and Feyenoord. The Klassieker is always one of Europe’s most heated rivalries and the Amsterdam Arena, home of Ajax, is sure to be rocking. However, as of late in the rivalry there has not been much at stake. That will not be the case on Sunday as both teams look to keep pace with league leaders and start off 2013 on the right note. Expectations are high for both managers who have recently pledged long term allegiance to their clubs.
In addition to the Klassieker, AZ Alkmaar hosts Vitesse Arnhem in a match that pits the surprise team of the year, in Vitesse, against one of the season biggest disappointments, in AZ. AZ Alkmaar and American striker Jozy Altidore currently sits at 4th place in the league in scoring with 11 goals. Altidore totaled 22 goals in all competitions last year for AZ, so he is on track to match that total.
NAC Breda takes on VVV Venlo in a match-up of two teams fighting relegation. PSV and Twente look to maintain their place atop the table playing PEC Zwolle and RKC Waalwijk.
It was a relatively quiet transfer window for the Eredivisie with the absence of any blockbuster moves. AZ winger and Denmark international Christian Poulsen completed a transfer to Serie A side Sampdoria. Twente lost one of it’s brightest young talents in 19 year old midfielder Chris David to Fulham. Fulham boss and fellow Dutchmen Martin Jol spoke highly of the emerging star, praising his career to this point in the Dutch youth ranks and referencing his potential.
The biggest question perhaps entering the second half of the season in the Eredivisie is the future of Ajax midfielder and Denmark international Christian Eriksen. The 20 year old has been linked to Liverpool among other large clubs. Will this May be Eriksen’s final Eredivisie match? Only time will tell. What is for certain though is the second half of the Eredivisie season will not cease to bore.