Remarkably, Feyenoord have never won at the Geldredome. Vitesse are hanging around the relegation zone for the second year in succession after financial upheaval in Arnhem, but with Feyenoord still recovering from a two-hour stint in Enschede, coach Van Marwijk is not taking anything for granted. ‘The players must forget about Wednesday’s match. But they do have it in their legs so it certainly won’t be easy. And Vitesse are doing a lot better with the new personnel than before the winter break.’
Kees van Wonderen is available for selection after shaking off a calf problem. Zoetebier is fit enough to sit on the bench.
Shinji Ono is expected to return to the squad by the end of next week. ‘Then we’ll have a luxury problem,’ admits Van Marwijk. Pardo showed he could play when he first came and he’s back now after a tough time. He is now in central midfield and he’s doing well there. And Pardo and Schreuder are starting to play better and better together.’
HOLLAND CASIO EREDIVISIE, SUNDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2004
Kick-off: 2.30 pm
Lodewijks; Song, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Van Haaren; Smolarek, Pardo, Schreuder, Van Persie; Buffel, Kuyt.
Van Fessem; Rankovic, Ilic, Konterman, Frankel; Hofs, Fafiani, Konterman, Janssen; Van Beukering, Rink.