‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord finally get to run out at De Vliert in a game that’s been postponed twice against the Eredivisie’s bottom club. With Ajax to come in just a few days, the Maassiders will have to remain focused on Den Bosch, but Ruud Gullit is convinced they will be. ‘That’s where our attention is, we have to finish off that match well.’ Karim Saidi looks likely to sit out the clash, bearing in mind a yellow card will get him banned from Sunday’s biggie.
Saidi kicked a ball out of touch after referee Vervecken had blowN for a foul, which earned the player a costly yellow card—his fourth of the campaign. ‘I didn’t speak with him about it,’ explained Gullit. ‘He knows the rules himself, so he’ll know it wasn’t so clever.’
The caution may lead to Saidi losing his place in the starting line-up in Den Bosch—Gullit: ‘I’ll certainly consider not playing him’—and if he doesn’t André Bahia or Gianni Zuiverloon will be more than happy to take his place.
That would be the only change to a team that has started the last two matches against AZ and NAC. Sunday’s performance wasn’t exactly great, but Gullit admitted to being happy to see his side pick up three points in spite of a less inspiring display. And Den Bosch might be just the place to make some progress in that department. In any event three points is the only acceptable return, due less to the host’s lowly league position and more to Feyenoord’s vital need for three points in the chase for second place.
Nicky Hofs will be back in the squad after missing the NAC match with a minor ankle knock. Patrick Lodewijks on the contrary is still not ready to return, although he does hope to be available for selection by Sunday’s game with Ajax.
HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISIE
FC Den Bosch – Feyenoord
Wednesday 13 April, 18:00 at De Vliert, Den Bosch
Feyenoord: Babos; Östlund, Saidi, Gibbs, Bosschaart; Castelen, Ono, Ghaly, Goor; Kalou, Kuyt.
FC Den Bosch: Mampaey; Verhaegh, Uneken, Volmer, Snoyl; Cas, Beekman, Biyadat, Van den Ouweland; Powel, Janssens.
LAST TEN LEAGUE MEETINGS
3/10/2004 Feyenoord-FC Den Bosch 4-2
17/3/2002 Feyenoord-FC Den Bosch 3-0
11/3/2000 Feyenoord-FC Den Bosch 3-0
2/5/1993 Feyenoord-FC Den Bosch 5-0
8/5/1988 Feyenoord-FC Den Bosch 1-4
30/9/2001 FC Den Bosch-Feyenoord 0-0
13/8/1999 FC Den Bosch-Feyenoord 0-4
21/11/1992 FC Den Bosch-Feyenoord 1-5
6/12/1987 FC Den Bosch-Feyenoord 3-1
14/9/1986 FC Den Bosch-Feyenoord 1-1