AZ Alkmaar host the league leaders Ajax on Sunday in what is undoubtedly the standout fixture in round 20 of the Eredivisie.
The sides faced off 11 days ago in the last 16 of this season's KNVB-Beker, where Ajax came out on top in a 1-0 win courtesy of a Zakaria Labyad strike.
Following a 1-0 home defeat, AZ Alkmaar finally saw their eight-game unbeaten league run come to an end at the hands of FC Utrecht on Wednesday.
However, a victory this weekend would keep their hopes alive albeit faintly, while a defeat could be the final nail in their coffin.
The Cheeseheads will be hopeful of a repeat of last season's meeting at the AFAS Stadion, where they triumphed over Ajax.
AZ were behind Sunday's visitors only on goals scored before the league was abruptly ended due to coronavirus last season.
Ajax picked up their fifth consecutive win in all competitions on Thursday by defeating 17th-placed Willem II 3-1 at home.
As things stand, they currently hold a four-point advantage over second-placed PSV in the Eredivisie table, and there is still work to do in ensuring that the title remains in Amsterdam this campaign.
De Godenzonen have the division's best record away from home, losing only to Groningen in all their Eredivisie games away from the Johan Cruyff ArenA this term.
AZ Alkmaar Eredivisie form: DDWWWL
AZ Alkmaar form (all competitions): DWWLWL
Ajax Eredivisie form: DDWWWW
Ajax form (all competitions): DWWWWW
The departure of Klaas Jan Huntelaar to Schalke 04 is expected to translate into more opportunities in the first team for Brian Brobbey, who came off the bench to supply a goal and an assist in the win over Willem II.
Ron Vlaar has made a return to the bench following his recovery from a muscle injury, but AZ are not rushing him back into action just yet.
The home side will also have to make do with the absence of Dani De Wit, who remains on the sidelines with an ankle problem.
AZ Alkmaar possible starting lineup:
Bizot; Wijndal, Martins Indi, Hatzidiakos, Sugawara; Stengs, Koopmeiners, Midtsjo; Karlsson, Boadu, Gudmundsson
Ajax possible starting lineup:
Onana; Tagliafico, Blind, Schuurs, Mazraoui; Gravenberch, Promes, Klaassen; Tadic, Haller, Antony
We say: AZ Alkmaar 1-2 Ajax
Games between these two are usually tightly contested, and we expect that trend to continue in this one, but Ajax look more likely to secure the victory due to their superiority in player quality.