A second Ajax – Twente fixture in 8 days. The one that’s gonna be played is much more important than the Cup Final last week. The final of finals on domestic level will be played on Sunday in the Amstedam ArenA between AFC Ajax and FC Twente. Those two teams will clash and the decision in the Eredivisie season 2010/11 will be reached. Never before in the history of the Eredivisie, the two teams who could win the league faced each other in the last fixture. All settings points to the most exciting showdown ever. Will it be Ajax or will it be Twente again?

Ajax have faced Twente two times before this season when it came to winning a trophy. The first one was for the Community Shield, called Johan Cruyff Shield in Holland in August. Twente won after a rare Stekelenburg howler. Last week, the team from West and the team from East Holland faced each other in the final of the Dutch Cup. Again it was Twente who stood with the trophy after the final whistle. It’s fair to say FC Twente have the advantage in Sunday’s game. A draw is enough for the men in red to prolong their league title. They have a more experienced and balanced team than the boys from Amsterdam. Though, the clash in the Cup Final pointed out that the two teams are a match for each other. It could’ve gone either way. Yes, FC Twente were slightly the strongest but Ajax also had the chances to win. Especially with a 2-0 lead. The fact that Ajax have to win is an advantage according to Frank de Boer. ‘Because we have to win, you know that you have to go for it, 90 minutes long. That gives you extra power’. The key to win the game according to the boss? ‘Playing our own game and to dare to play football’. Only a win counts and brings the trophy home.

Ajax have do it without Maarten Stekelenburg (thumb), Ramus Lindgren (knee), Bruno Silva (shoulder) and Mounir El Hamdaoui (hamstring). The latter hoped he’d be fit in time for this final clash, a game you don’t want to miss. Even though I rather see Siem de Jong play in the striker role, it’s a blow for Ajax he’s out. He is a player that, coming from the bench or not, can turn around a game. But Ajax have proven they can do it without him.

If I had to put my money on one of the teams and when I would be 100% rational, I would choose Twente. It hurts me to say it but yes, I would. Why? FC Twente only need a draw, have more experienced players and have already beaten Ajax twice this season. Good for me I’m not 100% rational and I won’t put money on it. Of course I believe Ajax can finally do it. Winning that 30th league title. The title that will bring 3 stars above our crest. Why? Ajax have the advantage of 50.000 people behind them who will let the ArenA explode. The boys know how important this title is for the club. Some of them have been playing in the first team for quite a while now but never won it. The hunger for it huge. The combination of that hunger and the support of the fans will hopefully bring the title home. There where it belongs. As Bob Marley always sings in the ArenA just before the kick off for the second half: ‘don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little things is gonna be alright’.

It’s gonna be one hot, nervous and exciting afternoon in the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday. For both the players and the fans. I’m one of the 50.000 lucky bastards that have a ticket. I can’t wait. Less than 48 hours to go. My mind says Twente, my heart says Ajax. I always follow my heart and that’s why Ajax will win on Sunday. Make it happen, boys! Give Frank de Boer the best birthday present imaginable.

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