The Race for the Play-offs: FC Emmen’s Fate Hangs in the Balance

The Race for the Play-offs: FC Emmen’s Fate Hangs in the Balance

FOOTBALL – A victory tonight in the last league match of the season against De Graafschap will almost certainly give FC Emmen a place in the play-offs, but there is a catch. A Maastricht catch to be precise.

If MVV wins against VVV-Venlo, the Limburgers can still finish second in the battle for the fourth and final period title. If that works, MVV (as number two in the fourth period) will grab the last play-off ticket and there will be no place in the play-offs for the number eight in the regular standings of the Kitchen Champion Division. At the moment it is FC Emmen, but NAC can also end up there. The difference between NAC and FC Emmen is one point. NAC plays in Oss when visiting TOP.

MVV is, however, dependent on the results on three other fields. If Willem II or FC Dordrecht manage to win against Telstar and Jong FC Utrecht respectively, then second place in the final standings of the fourth period will no longer be feasible for MVV. The same is the case if FC Groningen draws or wins against Roda JC. Even then, there is no play-off ticket for MVV based on the final score in the period.

In that case, the last ticket for the play-offs goes to number eight in the regular competition. At the moment it is FC Emmen, with 54 points. NAC is seventh with 55 points and MVV is now in ninth place with 53 points. In short: there are still two play-off tickets available and three clubs are competing for them.

The scenarios if MVV comes second in the fourth period

The scenarios if MVV does not come second in the fourth period

If FC Emmen wins, MVV is no longer a threat in this scenario and the only question is whether the Drenthe club will finish seventh or eighth. This in turn has consequences for the opponent in the first round of the play-offs.

All in all, it promises to be an evening with a calculator. All matches in the final round of the Kitchen Champion Division start at 8 p.m.

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