Feyenoord cannot improve their league position with a win in the Ascension Day home game against Roda JC, but with the cup final just around the corner the Rotterdammers will be looking to keep up the momentum built up since the winter break. The holiday crowd will have the chance to give the departing Tomasz Rzasa and Carlo l’Ami a rousing send off and get in some singing practice before the big one Sunday.

Bert van Marwijk will want to end the season on a high note in front of the requisite 45,000 full house however. Not forgetting the farewells of Tomasz Rzasa and Carlo l’Ami. More importantly perhaps, Feyenoord cannot afford to lose the plot only 36 hours ahead of the cup final, so it all points to a committed home side trotting out just before half past two. And then there’s Pierre van Hooijdonk, who will be gunning for his 30th goal of the season, which would make him the first Feyenoord player to achieve that in twenty years. Peter Houtman was the last in the 1982-3 campaign. Van Marwijk will be please to see Shinji Ono back in the team. Robin van Persie also looks like starting: Kike Acuña and Sebastián Pardo will miss out. Kees van Wonderen won’t play, as the defender has set his mind on a cup final appearance, so Loovens-De Nooijer are likely to start in central defence. HOLLAND CASION EREDIVISIE, 28 MAY 2003 FEYENOORD-RODA JC Venue: Kuip Kickoff: 2.30pm Probable teams FEYENOORD Lodewijks; Emerton, Loovens, De Nooijer, Paauwe; Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono, Van Persie; Buffel, Van Hooijdonk RODA JC Kujovic; Senden, Addo, Brouwers, Filipovic ; Van Dijk, Sergio, Van Dessel, Vicelich; Anastasiou, Cristiano The History 3/2/2002 Feyenoord-Roda JC 5 - 0 5/11/2000 Feyenoord-Roda JC 4 - 2 6/2/2000 Feyenoord-Roda JC 2 - 1 17/10/1998 Feyenoord-Roda JC 0 - 0 22/4/1998 Feyenoord-Roda JC 1 - 0 24/8/2002 Roda JC-Feyenoord 2 - 2 22/8/2001 Roda JC-Feyenoord 0 - 2 29/4/2001 Roda JC-Feyenoord 1 - 0 15/10/1999 Roda JC-Feyenoord 2 - 1 12/5/1999 Roda JC-Feyenoord 1 - 0 9/3/1998 Roda JC-Feyenoord 1 - 2
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