Boilesen banking on fan's help

BY foxsports • May 13, 2011

Twente are currently top of the standings, but victory for Ajax would secure the Amsterdam side their 30th Dutch top-flight title. Victory would also be revenge for Ajax's 3-2 KNVB Beker final defeat to the Enschede club last weekend, and Danish teenager Boilesen believes the crowd at the Amsterdam ArenA will be crucial on Sunday. He told the club's official website: "They are great and should help us to become champions. It is very important that we are playing the last game at home, because that can give you just 10, 20% more energy. "You always give 120% in the game, but when the crowd really start to get behind you that really gives something extra." Ajax look set to be without their top scorer Mounir El Hamdaoui for the crucial game because of a hamstring injury, while goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and midfielder Rasmus Lindgren are also set to miss out. There is better news on Gregory van der Wiel and Toby Alderweireld however, as both trained on Thursday after recovering from minor injury niggles. Twente coach Michel Preud'homme has a virtually fully-fit squad to choose from after Theo Janssen, Roberto Rosales and Luuk de Jong resumed training after experiencing problems earlier in the week. Both sides come into the game in excellent form, with Ajax having won seven of their last eight Eredivisie matches and Twente unbeaten in eight league games, as well as being boosted by their cup success last weekend. PSV Eindhoven travel to Groningen knowing the best they can hope for is to leapfrog Ajax or Twente into second place and claim a berth in the Champions League qualifiers. They are currently third but will go up to second with a win against their fifth-placed opponents, irrespective of the outcome of the match between Ajax and Twente. Pieter Huistra's side, who have been one of the success stories of the season, have their own motivation to win the match however. If they beat PSV and AZ lose at FC Utrecht, they will finish fourth and claim a place in next season's Europa League. Utrecht could still pip Heracles Almelo for the final Europa League play-off spot if they can beat the Alkmaar side, but their final fixture has been overshadowed by an horrific injury suffered by Mihai Nesu in training this week. The 28-year-old Romanian broke a cervical vertebra when team-mate Alje Schut landed on top of him as they challenged for the ball in a training session. The incident left Nesu without any feeling in his body from the neck down and fighting for breath. After being taken away from the training ground in an ambulance, Nesu spent five hours in surgery. The operation was deemed a success but Utrecht team doctor Simon Goedegebuure revealed it could be some time before they can assess whether there will be a complete functional recovery of the damaged spinal cord nerves. "We will have to wait for the coming days or weeks to see whether the feeling in Mihai's limbs returns," said Goedegebuure. Feyenoord could sneak eighth place, but it would require Utrecht to draw or lose and for Heracles - who face Europa League play-off qualifiers ADO Den Haag - to lose with an eight-goal swing in the Rotterdam club's favour. At the bottom, already-relegated Willem II wave goodbye to the top flight with a home game against NAC Breda, while VVV-Venlo will definitely be involved in the promotion-relegation play-offs. VVV's opponents on Sunday, De Graafschap, need just a point to be sure of avoiding 16th place themselves, as do Vitesse, with the Arnhem club hosting Excelsior, the team who are currently 16th, three points behind De Graafschap and Vitesse. Sunday's other match features Roda JC - who have qualified for the Europa League play-offs - against 12th-placed Heerenveen.


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