A look ahead to the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie
A look ahead to the weekend's action in Eredivisie, with Ajax looking to carry their European form into domestic action.
Last Updated: 26/10/12 1:11pm
The sides sit fourth and fifth in the table, with the Amsterdam side ahead on goal difference.
But Ronald de Boer's team will go into the game on the crest of the wave following their 3-1 win over the big-spending Premier League champions.
De Boer admitted his team's performance had been outstanding and he will be hoping for more of the same at De Kuip on Sunday.
The former Dutch international said: "I know what we are capable of. I think we saw a good Ajax that wanted to show something good.
"We played quite well and City didn't have an answer to our play."
His opposite number Ronald Koeman will at least be boosted by the return to training of Reuben Schaken and Sekou Cisse after their respective injury lay-offs.
FC Twente currently lead the way at the top of the standings and they will be looking to continue their excellent start to the new campaign when they travel to face RKC Waalwijk in the wake of their Europa League clash with Levante.
Second-placed PSV Eindhoven, just a point adrift of the leaders, will hope to take advantage of any slip when they also go on the road to face lowly PEC Zwolle.
Vitesse Arnhem, who have surprised many by holding third place in the table, are one of only two unbeaten sides in the Eredivisie, and they will be confident of extending that record when they host AZ Alkmaar, who have made a slow start to the season and are without a win in four games.
And Vitesse midfielder Marco van Ginkel believes coach Fred Rutten deserves a lot of credit for their good form.
He said: "We have a good team with great individual qualities and the manager gives the younger players a lot of attention and helps to make things better.
"In addition, we play quite a bit of time with virtually the same team so we are comfortable together. It is a very nice team to play in."
Elsewhere, FC Utrecht will play host to FC Groningen while struggling Willem II face a trip to meet ADO Den Haag.
There is a critical clash between the two sides at the bottom of the table as NAC Breda and VVV Venlo, the only team yet to win this campaign, meet in a game that could already prove vital to their respective hopes of beating the drop.
NEC Nijmegen entertain Roda JC, while Heracles Almelo meet Heerenveen.