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  • 22 April 2012
  • • 15:30
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: S. Gözübüyük
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Ajax - Groningen Preview: Frank de Boer's charges look to put one hand on the title with victory over stuttering visitors

Ajax - Groningen Preview: Frank de Boer's charges look to put one hand on the title with victory over stuttering visitors

PROSHOTS

The Amsterdam outfit need just seven more points to retain their league crown, and will welcome the free-falling northern side to the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AJAX

Vermeer
Van der Wiel, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Blind
Eriksen, Anita, Janssen
Aisatti, De Jong, Boerrigter
FC GRONINGEN

Luciano
Hiariej, Ivens, Sparv, Burnet
Andersson, Keurntjes
Suk, Bacuna, Tadic
Texeira
Frank de Boer remains without Nicolas Boilessen and Miralem Sulejmani as both have been ruled out with injuries. Daley Blind and Ismail Aissati look set to continue deputising, respectively.

The Ajax boss could opt to start Kolbein Sigthorsson in the centre forward slot which would likely see Siem de Jong pushed back to his preferred midfield role. Vurnon Anita is also in with a chance to take the place of Blind at left back.

For the visitors, Leandro Bacuna is set to return from suspension, while David Texeira could also be in line start. Central defender Virgil van Dijk is currently sidelined with an appendix problem. Kees Kwakman and Emil Johansson join him in the treatment room, nursing rib and groin injuries, respectively.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Ajax need just four more points to claim their first successive title since 1996.
  • The reigning champions recorded a 3-1 victory over De Graafschap last time out, with a double from Derk Boerrigter (pictured) and a solitary strike from Cristian Eriksen sealing the points.
  • The Godenzonen have conceded just once in their last six ties, a run which puts them third in the defensive record standings.
  • Groningen currently sit 13th in the standings, having won only one of their last eight games. Their last fixture ended in a 1-0 win for visitors Roda.
  • The northern side have won just twice on their travels this season, drawing three and losing ten.
  • David Texeira is the club’s current top scorer, the Uruguayan having netted eight times up to this point.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Ajax

Groningen

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AFC Ajax AJX
AFC Ajax Ajax
Draw
FC Groningen GRO
FC Groningen Groningen
88%

Top 3 Predictions

AFC Ajax AJX
4 - 0
FC Groningen GRO
AFC Ajax AJX
3 - 0
FC Groningen GRO
AFC Ajax AJX
4 - 1
FC Groningen GRO

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