Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Eredivisie clash between Feyenoord and Willem II, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
With huge ramifications at both ends of the Eredivisie table, the game at De Kuip is a crucial one for either side albeit for very different reasons.
Feyenoord were unable to build on their victory against PSV Eindhoven two Sundays ago as the subsequent game against Groningen, which was scheduled for last Sunday, got called off.
Dick Advocaat‘s men put an end to a run of three consecutive league defeats in emphatic style, blowing away their opponents in a dominant first-half display.
They were due to take on Heerenveen in the quarter-final of the KNVB-Beker on Thursday, but that game too has been postponed, further congesting an already tight schedule for Sunday’s hosts.
In October’s reverse fixture, De Stadionclub were behind after just 13 minutes, before they bounced back in the second half to claim a 4-1 victory.
Feyenoord have Groningen bearing down on them in the race for fifth place, and any dropped points going forward from here could prove to be costly.
His main objective will be to keep the team up, and he could not have asked for a better start as he began his time at the helm with a 2-0 victory over Emmen.
The Superkruiken are now just three points from safety but more importantly, they have a game in hand on 15th-placed RKC Waalwijk.
Next up for them is a trip to Feyenoord, against whom they have lost 14 of the last 19 meetings between each other, dating back to 2010.
Feyenoord Eredivisie form: WWLLLW
Feyenoord form (all competitions): WLWLLW
Willem II Eredivisie form: LLDLLW
Steven Berghuis has scored in each of his last five games against Willem II, and they will know that stopping him is key to their chances of getting anything from the game.
His strike against PSV was his 11th of the campaign and with 14 games still to play, he could well surpass his best ever tally of 18 league goals, which he recorded three years ago.
Dries Saddiki is a major doubt for the visitors as he steps up his recovery from a muscle tear which he sustained over a month ago.
The away side will also be without 30-year-old Miquel Nelom, who is ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
Feyenoord possible starting lineup:
Marsman; Geertruida, Spajic, Senesi, Malacia; Toornstra, Fer, Diemers; Berghuis, Jorgensen, Linssen
Willem II possible starting lineup:
Brondeel; Kohn, Peters, Heerkens, Owusu; Kohlert, Llonch, Spieringhs, Nunnely; Pavlidis, Okyere Wriedt
We say: Feyenoord 3-0 Willem II
Willem II have neither the defensive solidity to prevent their hosts from scoring, nor the attacking impetus to cause problems of their own, so an easy victory for Feyenoord is expected in this one.
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