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Kenneth Perez suspects that Ajax will finish fourth in the Eredivisie, as he predicts at the table This was the Weekend. He attributes the Amsterdam selection to more quality than that of AZ. The Alkmaar team is a 'dead bird', says the Danish analyst.

“This weekend we looked at the lame and the blind when it comes to fourth place,” presenter Jan Joost van Gangelen refers to Ajax and AZ. Ajax lost 3-2 to SC Heerenveen in the Abe Lenstra stadium, while AZ drew 0-0 at Almere City.

For Ajax it was the first competition defeat since the appointment of interim coach John van 't Schip. AZ's interim coach, Maarten Martens, is not yet completing Pascal Jansen's successor perfectly. He coached the team for five games and did not win a single time (three draws, two losses).

Both teams are currently involved in the battle for fourth place. AZ has collected 36 points, Ajax collected 35. In addition, the Alkmaarders have a better goal difference than their fellow provincials.

Ajax and AZ will fight it out for fourth place, the gentlemen at the table think. They expect the teams below them to pose no threat. “Being AZ and Ajax, you are lucky that the rest underneath doesn't make much of a difference either,” begins Karim El Ahmadi.

“NEC was on the rise,” Perez adds, “but it stopped again on Friday (2-0 loss at RKC, ed.). And Go Ahead Eagles drew 1-1 against PEC Zwolle, which is a shame.”

Perez puts his money on Ajax when asked who will conclude the competition in fourth place. “Ajax has much more quality than AZ. AZ is a dead bird at the moment,” says the former footballer.

Perez has to deal with the still victorious Martens. “I have sympathy for such a novice trainer, you wish him a good start to his coaching career, but this is of course a false start for Maarten Martens,” he concludes.

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