TIME TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON

Back-to-back wins have injected new élan into the Feyenoord setup that looked in need of a boost after the FC Utrecht defeat. Now, with Feyenoord back on track in the league and safely through to the group stages of the Uefa Cup, coach Gullit will be expecting his side to continue the run with all the points against Den Bosch at De Kuip Sunday. The Eredivisie new boys have garnered just five points from the opening six games back in the top flight.

With Hossam Ghaly now available again after a three-match ban, Ruud Gullit will have to decide which midfielders get a place in the starting line-up and who gets a place on the bench. The coach opted to leave the Egyptian out of Thursday’s Uefa Cup win, and he was rewarded with a sterling performance by his midfielders. Pascal Bosschaart scored his first competitive goal as a professional against the Norwegians, while Bart Goor also repaid the confidence his boss placed in him with a goal.

That contrasted starkly with Ghaly’s ten-minute stint as a substitute, in which the player showed a lack of concentration, surrendering possession within minutes to hand the visitors one of their few chances on the night. That would tend to point to another sub’s role for the Egyptian Sunday.

Elsewhere, save the long-term wounded Ramon van Haaren, Leonardo and Sebastián Pardo, Feyenoord have a full squad to pick from and the match should bring a successful week to a successful end after fine wins against RBC Roosendaal and Odd Grenland. And three points will give Feyenoord an important boost going into a two-week Eredivisie recess due to the international calendar that sees Feyenoord players in action for their nations across the globe.

HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISIE
Feyenoord – FC Den Bosch
Time: 2.30 pm
Date: Sunday 3 October
Place: De Kuip
Referee: Koopman

LIKELY LINE-UPS
Feyenoord
Babos; Song, Saidi, Paauwe, Basto; Castelen, Ono, Bosschaart, Goor; Kuyt, Kalou.

FC Den Bosch
Mampaey; Verhaegh, Beekmans, Uneken, Meye; Van den Ouweland, Schulp, Biyadat, Haemhouts; Powel, Mghizrat

LATEST TEN MEETINGS
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
7/12/1986 Feyenoord-FC Den Bosch 2-2

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

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