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Ajax to crown the season tonight vs De Graafschap

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AFC Ajax plays their last game for the 2018-19 campaign tonight, looking to crown the fantastic season with a domestic double.

Ajax travel to Graafschap for the last round of the Eredivisie this evening, eyeing their 34th title in the Dutch League. The Jews are already the most successful club in the Netherlands but have failed to win the Eredivisie since 2014, with PSV dominating Dutch football.

They’ve patiently built a team over the past five years and it turned out pretty well for the Amsterdam side. Ajax won the KNVB Cup for the first time in nine years, winning 4-0 against Willem II in the final 10 days ago.

The Jews also reached the Champions League semi-finals, eliminating Real Madrid and Juventus on the way to the last four. Unfortunately, they squandered a three-goal lead in the last 45 minutes and conceded a last-gasp goal to lose the tie against Tottenham on away goals.

It is time for their final game of this fantastic season tonight, as only a miracle could see Ajax lose the title to arch rivals PSV Eindhoven.

Eric Ten Hag’s boys have a three-point lead on the top of the table, with a superior goal difference of +84, compared to PSV’s +70 and face the second-worst side in the league. They won 8-0 against De Graafschap in the reverse fixture, in a game which saw defender Daley Blind and midfielder Hakim Ziyech score hat-tricks.

Ajax have scored 115 goals in the Eredivisie this season, as they chase their record from the 1966-67 campaign, when they managed to find the net 122 times. Across all competitions, the Jews have scored remarkable 171 goals in 57 games, an average of three goals per game.

The foundations of this talented side lay down in the renowned AFC Ajax Youth Academy. Six players of the starting XI in the second leg against Tottenham are graduates of the club’s academy, with Frenkie de Jong also maturing as a professional at the Johan Cruyff Arena,

The 22-year old midfielder will play his final game for the club tonight, before moving to Barcelona at the start of the next season. It may be the final outing in Ajax’s shirt for the club captain Matthijs de Ligt as well, with reports in Spain saying the teenager is about to join De Jong in Barcelona during the following summer.

Whatever happens in the summer transfer window and whatever the squad looks like at the start of the next campaign, we can only say that these Ajax boys have fully deserved the fame they enjoy at this very moment.

They’ve been brilliant throughout the whole season, which will be crowned tonight, with the 34th Eredivisie title in the history of the club. The Jews will also achieve a domestic double for the first time since 2002.

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