BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Friday, April 25, 2014
With their teams fates all but sewn up, Charles Kazlauskas heads the news in Holland this week, as he looks to start all 38 games for Helmond this season on Friday.
Heerenveen - Utrecht
Juan Agudelo and his Utrecht teammates look to build on their current impressive run on Sunday when they face Heerenveen.
Utrecht guaranteed themselves a spot in the Eredivisie next season with their 2 - 1 win over Heracles in their last game. Sweetening the day a little more for Agudelo was that he provided the game winner in the 40th minute.
Despite only netting two goals for Utrecht, Agudelo has been productive for Utrecht since coming over on loan from Stoke City at the end of the January.
While Utrecht have sealed their safety and have nothing left to play for outside of pride for the remainder of the season, Heerenveen could still overtake fourth place Vitesse, which would lift them out of the Eredivisie four-team playoff for one spot in the Europa League third qualifying round, and directly into the third qualifying round.
Both teams are missing players for Sunday's game. Anthony Lurling is out for Heerenveen for the rest of the year with a knee injury, while Yassine Ayoub and Willem Janssen are both mising out for Utrecht with injuries.
ADO Den Haag - AZ
Aron Johannsson and AZ take the field on Sunday with very little chance of them falling or gaining any space in their two remaining games this season.
Johannsson, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season for AZ, is currently five goals shy of former AZ teammate Jozy Altidore's record for most goals scored by an American in a single European season.
AZ have all but clinched a spot in the Eredvisie's European competition playoffs. At the end of the year, Johannsson and his team will take on the three other teams who finish between fifth and eighth place in the Eredivisie to determine who gets the leagues final spot in the Europa League. Currently in seventh, a scenario in which they were to drop out of the playoffs woud require them to lose their final two games, while Cambuur won their final two and made up a ten-point goal differential in the process.
Den Haag are almost secure from relegation, but if they were to lose their final two games, and RKC Waalwijk win their's, then Den Haag could face a situation in which they're relegated.
Kevin Jansen is out for Den Haag with a knee injury that's kept him out since August, and AZ are without high profile players Simon Poulsen and Dirk Marcellis.
Helmond Sport - Den Bosch
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond put an end to a dissappointing season on Friday when they face Den Bosch at home.
Though Helmond, who are currently in twelfth place in the Eerste Divisie after nearly gaining promotion to the Eredivisie last year, failed to live up to their pre-season expectations; Kazlauskas has been phenomenal this year. The Milwaukee native has started every game so far, only being substitued out once, in the 77th minute with his team up 4-1 over Jong Twente last Friday.
Along with his durability, Kazlauskas' versatility has also been huge for Helmond, as he's lined up at five different positions for Helmond this year.
While Helmond's season is largely over, Den Bosch have plenty to play for. Currently in fourth place with 59 points, a loss could mean that Den Bosch drop down to sixth place. If they were to fall to sixth place, Den Bosch would have to play an extra round in the promotion playoffs.
Neither team are reporting any absences for Friday's contest.