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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 18, 2008

One point worth Dutch league title for PSV

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, April 18 (Reuters) - PSV Eindhoven need a point on the final day of the Dutch season to clinch a fourth successive league title at Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.

PSV are top with 69 points, three above Ajax Amsterdam who host Heracles Almelo. Ajax would claim their first title since 2004 if they won at home and Vitesse were to beat PSV.

It will be the second year in a row that the Dutch championship race has gone down to a nerve-racking final day.

A year ago, AZ Alkmaar needed a win for their first title since 1981 but lost at Excelsior Rotterdam. PSV, 5-1 winners over Vitesse, climbed from third place to the top - pipping Ajax to the title on goal difference of a single goal.

Though they are in a better position in the table this time, PSV's recent form has been shaky. They have won only two of their last nine matches, including the double header against Fiorentina in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

With four matches remaining, PSV had a commanding seven-point lead at the top, only to let Ajax back in the race by drawing against NEC Nijmegen and Twente Enschede.

'The pressure is on PSV now and the only thing we can do is beat Heracles on Sunday, and that will happen,' Ajax coach Adrie Koster told reporters after a 2-1 midweek win at Groningen.

Dutch international John Heitinga added: 'In our team, the belief that we can win the title has increased, so it will be difficult for PSV.'

Aside from the title, there is plenty at stake further down the table on Sunday.

Twente Enschede (59 points), Heerenveen (57) and Feyenoord (57), currently lie fourth to sixth in the standings.

The two sides who finish fourth and fifth on Sunday will go into the playoffs with the second and third-placed teams, currently Ajax and NAC Breda, for a single place in the Champions League qualifiers.

Down in the relegation zone, Excelsior are a point ahead of bottom club VVV Venlo.

Only the bottom club will be relegated automatically, with the two clubs above them going into the relegation playoffs with six sides from the second division.

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