Eredivisie

Highlighted: Fortuna Sittard aims for the top position

With an impressive draw away at Feyenoord and a 2-1 victory at home against Almere City, Fortuna Sittard has secured four points in the Eredivisie. Next Saturday evening, the team from Limburg will travel to Rotterdam again, but this time to Kralingen. With both Excelsior and Fortuna at four points each and neither team playing on Saturday with six points, this unexpected match becomes a battle for the top position. This is particularly significant for Fortuna.

Fortuna has only been at the top once before.

If Fortuna Sittard manages to defeat Excelsior, they will, for only the second time in their club history, finish a day as the highest-placed team in the Netherlands. For some Fortuna fans, it could be the first time they see their club at the top of the Eredivisie; the previous occurrence was in the 1992/93 season when Fortuna drew 1-1 against MVV in the season opener. They could become the 22nd club in this century to hold the top spot in the Eredivisie for a day. Excelsior is already part of this elite group, as they held the top spot for a day last season with six points after two matches.

Promising start under the new coach

Danny Buijs has made a strong start at Fortuna. The team's defense is solid, and their offensive game is also performing well. However, in the first two match rounds, only four teams managed more shots than Fortuna (35). Only Go Ahead Eagles (15) had more ball possession in the final third of the field than Fortuna (13, along with FC Utrecht and Feyenoord).

Fortuna coach Danny Buijs on the training field together with Tunahan Tasci (l) and Remy Vita (r)

Gladon enjoys shooting

For this offensive force, it's unfortunate for Fortuna that Paul Gladon won't be participating on Saturday. The 31-year-old native of Haarlem bid farewell to Fortuna Sittard this week and is continuing his career in Armenia, where he will be playing for the league leader FC Noah.

Since early April, no player has been involved in as many Fortuna shots in the league as Gladon (38 - 29 shots and 9 created chances), and during that period, he's also been the club's MVP (4 goals and 0 assists). In this Eredivisie season, the striker has been involved in fourteen out of thirty-five Fortuna shots, with only Feyenoord's Igor Paixão having more involvement in goal attempts in the 2023/24 season.

Who will take over Paul Gladon's role on Saturday? Marko Lazetić made the switch from AC Milan to Sittard on loan yesterday and is seen as Gladon's replacement. However, it's still unclear whether Lazetić will be able to make his debut in Rotterdam on Saturday. The club and authorities are currently in the process of arranging his residence and work permit.

Player Shots Chances created Involved in shots

Igor Paixão

12

6

18

Paul Gladon

9

5

14

Joey Veerman

5

9

14

Branco van den Boomen

5

9

14

Mohammed Kudus

9

4

13

Brian Brobbey

9

4

13

Michel Vlap

10

3

13

Paul Gladon scores 1-0 during the Fortuna-Ajax match (06-08-2022).

Historical season start in the making?

In the previous 24 Eredivisie seasons, Fortuna remained unbeaten in the first three matches of the season only twice: in 1989/90 and 1990/91 when they suffered their first loss in the sixth match. Coach Danny Buijs is in his sixth season as a head coach at the highest level; he has never started a season with Fortuna Sittard without a loss in the first three league matches. It's time to change that and be at the top of Teletekst page 819 on Saturday night or of course in our own Eredivisie app.

Eredivisie table

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Ajax
Almere City FC
AZ
Excelsior Rotterdam
FC Twente
FC Utrecht
FC Volendam
Feyenoord
Fortuna Sittard
Go Ahead Eagles
Heracles Almelo
N.E.C. Nijmegen
PEC Zwolle
PSV
RKC Waalwijk
sc Heerenveen
Sparta Rotterdam
Vitesse
# Club GS W | V | G DV-DT DS P
1 PSV 30 26 | 1 | 3 95-17 +78 81
2 Feyenoord 30 22 | 2 | 6 77-23 +54 72
3 FC Twente 30 18 | 6 | 6 56-30 +26 60
4 AZ 30 16 | 7 | 7 59-35 +24 55
5 Ajax 30 13 | 8 | 9 63-56 +7 48
6 N.E.C. Nijmegen 30 12 | 7 | 11 59-44 +15 47
7 FC Utrecht 30 12 | 9 | 9 43-41 +2 45
8 Go Ahead Eagles 30 11 | 10 | 9 44-39 +5 42
9 Sparta Rotterdam 30 11 | 12 | 7 45-43 +2 40
# Club GS W | V | G DV-DT DS P
10 sc Heerenveen 30 10 | 14 | 6 50-56 -6 36
11 Fortuna Sittard 30 9 | 13 | 8 34-52 -18 35
12 Almere City FC 30 7 | 11 | 12 30-48 -18 33
13 PEC Zwolle 30 8 | 14 | 8 40-58 -18 32
14 Heracles Almelo 30 9 | 16 | 5 40-62 -22 32
15 Excelsior Rotterdam 30 5 | 15 | 10 44-64 -20 25
16 RKC Waalwijk 30 6 | 18 | 6 29-50 -21 24
17 FC Volendam 30 4 | 19 | 7 30-74 -44 19
18 Vitesse 30 4 | 21 | 5 22-68 -46 -1

Legend

UEFA Champions League (group stage)
UEFA Champions League (qualifying round)
UEFA Europa League (qualifying round)
Play-offs: UEFA Europa Conference League (qualifying rounds)
Keuken Kampioen Play-Offs
Keuken Kampioen Divisie (relegation)

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