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  • May 8, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam
  • Referee: K. Blom
  • • Attendance: 45000
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KNVB Beker final preview: Twente - Ajax

KNVB Beker final preview: Twente - Ajax

The KNVB Beker holders lock horns with the Eredivisie champions on Sunday evening in what promises to be an entertaining final



PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Twente (4-3-3)
Boschker; Rosales, Wisgerhof, Douglas, Buysse; Landzaat, Brama, Janssen; Ruiz, L. De Jong, Chadli.
Head coach Michel Preud'homme doesn't have too many injury worries ahead of Sunday's KNVB Beker final and will be able to field what can be considered to be his best XI. Young full-back Nicky Kuiper is the only absentee, while tricky winger Emir Bajrami isn't fully match fit, but is expected to make the match squad.

Ajax (4-3-3)
Vermeer; Van der Wiel, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Boilesen; De Zeeuw, Eriksen, Anita; Sulejmani, S. De Jong, Ebecilio.
Frank de Boer will have to make do without the services of first choice goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg in De Kuip, but has a more than capable back-up available with Kenneth Vermeer. Swedish midfielder Rasmus Lindgren will also miss the match due to injury while Mounir el Hamdaoui is doubtful. Miralem Sulejmani missed Wednesday's squad training, but is expected to feature.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Both of these sides are also the contenders for the Eredivisie title. That will be decided in a head to head clash next week at the Amsterdam ArenA.
  • Siem de Jong of Ajax will come up against his brother Luuk in Twente colours.
  • Twente have conceded just three goals in the KNVB Beker.
  • The Tukkers last won the Dutch cup in 2001 when they beat PSV after penalties.
  • Nacer Chadli, Luuk de Jong and Theo Janssen are Twente's leading goalscorers in the tournament with three goals each.
  • Shot stopper Sander Boschker is one of only two players to have featured in all five games.
  • Young winger Chadli has already made 48 official appearances for the Enschede side this season.
  • Ajax have conceded only twice in this year's KNVB Beker, with one of those goals being an own goal from defender Daley Blind.
  • The Godenzonen have so far won 18 KNVB Beker finals.
  • Siem de Jong, Mounir el Hamdaoui and Miralem Sulejmani have all scored three goals in the tournament so far.
  • The Amsterdam side have a fine disciplinary record; only six players were booked in five games, while no red cards were given to Ajax players.
  • Ajax have already played 53 official matches in the 2010-11 campaign.

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Players to watch

B. Ruiz

Position: Attacker

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Ruiz has been struggling to find his best form this term due to a string of injuries, but the Costa Rica international showed in his side's win over Willem II last week that he's back to his usual best. The tricky attacker will probably be paired with the inexperienced Nicolai Boilesen and Ruiz will be keen to help Twente to silverware with a fine outing in De Kuip.

C. Eriksen

Position: Midfielder

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The Danish playmaker made his official Ajax debut in January 2010 and has since only become better. Eriksen has been in sublime form for the Godenzonen ever since Frank de Boer has been in charge and the young midfielder will be keen to repay his coach for the faith shown in him. Expect Eriksen to continually be trying to slice open the Twente defence with his intelligent through passes.

Editor's Prediction

Neither of the two teams have been in great form in the past few weeks, but they've both recorded several consecutive wins. Ajax's hot streak could come to an end on Sunday though as the individual class of Bryan Ruiz and Theo Janssen could prove to be too much for them. The Tukkers aren't likely to concede more than once because of their excellent organisation and Twente could very well leave De Kuip celebrating after a narrow in an entertaining match.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Twente

Ajax

Wins
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2
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Twente TWE
FC Twente Twente
Draw
AFC Ajax AJX
AFC Ajax Ajax
34%
60%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Twente TWE
1 - 2
AFC Ajax AJX
FC Twente TWE
2 - 1
AFC Ajax AJX
FC Twente TWE
0 - 2
AFC Ajax AJX

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