Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off against ADO Haag would appear to be easier than last week’s tussle with PSV and next week’s match up with AZ, but Feyenoord will have to be at the top of their game to avoid spilling valuable points against an apparently weak opponent once more this season ‘The fight that we showed against PSV will be what ADO will show against us. We have celebrated the victory against PSV, but now it’s time for the next difficult game,’ warns Erwin Koeman.

Three weeks ago Feyenoord went into the away game at RBC on the back of a 7-1 thumping of Heracles only to be humbled by the Eredivisie’s bottom side. Two-down early on, the Maassiders ultimately scraped a draw in Roosendaal , despite being alerted to the danger of taking their opponents too lightly. ‘Now – after the draw against RBC – we mustn’t have the idea that things will fall into place,’ said Koeman Friday. ‘That would be wrong. After PSV we must not think we are richer than we are, but we must not underestimate ourselves either. You have to find that balance. We must not take the game against ADO too lightly. They are focusing on this match more than 100% and they will do everything to put us off our game. We will have to be ready for that.’

That may have to happen without Ali Boussaboun. The Moroccan has been troubled by a heel problems for the past few weeks and was forced to leave Friday training early. ‘But I expect him to be fit,’ said Koeman. If he is, then the coach may well field the same starting eleven that slew PSV at De Kuip last week. The only real question mark relates to the left-back position. Koeman placed his confidence in Pascal Bosschaart rather than Ferne Snoyl a week ago, mainly with an eye to the threat of the Eindhoven outfit’s striker Farfan. ‘The difference in quality between the two players is not great, but Pascal is physically stronger. That’s the reason for my choice for that game,’ said Koeman, who was unwilling to reveal which player will be given the nod this time around.

Shinji Ono is missing for Feyenoord, because the midfielder has yet to rejoin group training. Patrick Mtiliga has been passed fit by the medical staff, but he is not just ready to start. Otherwise, treatment room regulars Nicky Hofs, Cory Gibbs, Tim Vincken and Alfred Schreuder are all ruled out.

ADO Den Haag – Feyenoord
Sunday 18 December, 12:30 at the Zuiderpark Stadium
Referee: Luinge

ADO Den Haag: De Vries; Rijaard, Saeijs, Saavreda, El-Akchaoui; Stroeve, Rankovic, Van der Leegte, Kolkka; Den Ouden, Mols.

Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Östlund, Greene, Bahia, Bosschaart (Snoyl); Ghaly, Paauwe, De Guzman; Boussaboun, Kuyt, Kalou.


19-12-2004 ADO Den Haag-Feyenoord 2 - 0
15-02-2004 ADO Den Haag-Feyenoord 2 - 2
13-10-1991 FC Den Haag-Feyenoord 1 - 4
05-05-1991 FC Den Haag Feyenoord 0 - 2
08-04-1990 FC Den Haag-Feyenoord 2 - 0

22-05-2005 Feyenoord-ADO Den Haag 6 - 3
07-12-2003 Feyenoord-ADO Den Haag 4 - 1
12-01-1992 Feyenoord-FC Den Haag 3 - 0
25-11-1990 Feyenoord-FC Den Haag 0 - 2
01-11-1989 Feyenoord-FC Den Haag 0 - 2

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