The Dutch Jupiler League, second tier in the Netherlands, is currently the most excited league in Europe. It’s not that the level of play is that high, but towards the end of the competition there are still three teams in for the title in the Jupiler League.
After a double match rounds during the Easter weekend, Fortuna Sittard is currently on top of the table with 65 points and a goal difference of plus 35. NEC Nijmegen is in second spot with 64 points and a plus 33 goal difference. Ajax u23 is in third place with 64 points and plus 28 goal difference.
Dutch Jupiler League
Friday the 6th of April can become an important day in the title race. Ajax u23 plays on that day a home match against NEC. Fortuna Sittard plays that day away against Go Ahead Eagles. If Ajax and NEC ends in a draw and Fortuna wins, the gap will be 4 points, with four matches remaining. With any other results, things will keep exiting until the end of the season. The match between Ajax and NEC is the last mutual battle between the top three contenders.
Even if Ajax manages to win the Jupiler League, they won’t promote to the Eredivisie, because Under 23’s aren’t able to play in the top tier. So for Fortuna Sittard and NEC the most important thing will be the finish above the other. The team that finishes the highest of these two will promote to the Eredivisie.
With the match between Ajax U23 and NEC, I think Fortuna has the best starting position for the remaining part of this season, but everything can happen. These three teams are swapping positions for a while now, so it’s not unlikely this will happen a few more times until the season is finished. Follow the Dutch Jupiler League to see which team will win it in the end.