Eredivisie

Highlighted: Fortuna Sittard shoots with precision in March

Fortuna Sittard must have been on a yellow-green cloud during the international break. The Limburgers won three of the last four Eredivisie matches before the break, and along with PSV, Feyenoord, and AZ, they collected the most points during this period (10 – W3, D1). With sharpshooter Kaj Sierhuis at the helm, smiles are wide at Fortuna at the moment.

Equaling the record after a key victory

After a 3-1 victory over PEC Zwolle in the last matchday, Fortuna Sittard now has 34 points, and survival in the Eredivisie is almost assured, although many fans were probably not focused on that. They were secretly looking upwards, towards the spots for the playoffs for European football, and there is every reason to do so. This century, Fortuna Sittard had only once before reached 34 points after 26 rounds in the Eredivisie (also 34 after 26 matches in the 2020/21 season) and it is only the second time that Fortuna has had at least thirty points after 26 Eredivisie matches since their promotion in 2018.

Fortuna sets the standard with Sierhuis in the leading role

It's clear that things have been going well for Fortuna Sittard in recent weeks. No team took more shots on goal in the Eredivisie in March than Fortuna Sittard (24, equal with PSV), and no team scored as many goals during this period as Fortuna (10). This attacking hunger is partly fueled by striker Kaj Sierhuis, who, after a difficult period at the start (2 goals in his first 12 league matches for Fortuna), is now fully unleashed. He scored six goals in his last four Eredivisie matches, bringing his total for Fortuna to eleven goals in 25 matches. The last player with as many goals in his first 25 Eredivisie matches for Fortuna Sittard was Ronald Hamming in 1995-1996 (also 11).

Eredivisie in March

Player Shots on goal Opportunities created

Kaj Sierhuis

16

8

Vangelis Pavlidis

16

6

Anis Hadj Moussa

13

7

Chris Lokesa

13

4

Luuk de Jong

13

3

Kaj Sierhuis Celebrates Hat-trick Against Excelsior (03-03-2024)

Sierhuis just one goal away from Fortuna record

If Kaj Sierhuis manages to score against Sparta Rotterdam again, he will become the fourth Fortuna Sittard player to find the net in five consecutive Eredivisie matches, and the first since Sigi Lens in 1987 (5). The 25-year-old striker was directly involved in both the most shots (24) and goals (7) during the month of March.

Eredivisie in March

Player Goals Assists

Kaj Sierhuis

5

2

Justin Lonwijk

2

2

Sven Mijnans

2

2

Jizz Hornkamp

2

2

Yukinari Sugawara

3

1

Can Fortuna Sittard dream of playoffs?

Fortuna Sittard aims to continue their good form against direct rival Sparta and keep the dream of playoffs alive. The last time the Limburgers earned at least thirteen points from a series of five Eredivisie matches was in December 2020-January 2021 (13).

Eredivisie in March

Team Shots on goal Goals

Fortuna Sittard

24

10

PSV

24

4

Ajax

23

6

AZ

22

9

N.E.C.

21

7

Follow the playoff battle between Sparta Rotterdam - Fortuna Sittard live on Saturday at 18:45 on ESPN!

Eredivisie table

Select your clubs Find the content you're looking for faster!
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)

Dit artikel delen