Feyenoord were the only side to come away from the Philips Stadium with all three points last campaign, but the Rotterdammers’ fortunes have taken a dive since then. The title is surely out of reach as Ajax continue to extend their lead at the top.
But with PSV stalling in recent weeks the second place still appears to be for grabs. A win at PSV would certainly keep Feyenoord in the frame.
There was good news for coach Van Marwijk this week with the return of a number of key players. Schreuder is suspended, Pardo will start on the bench, but Shinji Ono is set to play from the start after a fine performance as substitute in last week’s home draw with Heerenveen.
Hossam Ghaly looks like retaining his place alongside Ono in midfield after a dynamic performance in the same game. The Egyptian international still has to eradicate a few errors from his game, but he is showing enough promise to have earned a starting jersey.
Patrick Paauwe joins Peter van den Berg in central defence. Both will be happy to hear that Kezman, Robben and Vogel are all unavailable. Vennegoor of Hesselink spearheads the home side’s attack.
HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISIE, SUNDAY 14 MARCH 2004
Kick-off: 12.30 pm
Venue: Philips Stadium, Eindhoven
Lodewijks; Song, Van den Berg, Paauwe, Mtiliga; Smolarek, Ghaly, Ono, Lurling; Buffel, Kuyt.
Waterreus; Addo, Hofland, Bouma, Lee; Lucius, Van Bommel, Van der Schaaf, De Jong; Park, Vennegoor of Hesselink.