Feyenoord’s whirlwind tour of Holland continues Sunday as Bert van Marwijk and his entourage hit Zwolle for the latest Eredivise game of 2002/3. Despite the home side’s lowly position the cup finalists will have to be wary of a potential banana skin against a team that won the first division championship last season and look committed to avoiding a swift return this campaign. The good news is that Robin van Persie looks set to return.

While Feyenoord have their sights firmly set on a second place finish and Champions League football next term, their rest day hosts FC Zwolle will be pleased to avoid the playoffs and maybe even a first division fixture list come August. Eight points from the last four games has given the Overijssel outfit every chance of securing a continued place in the top division. And coach Peter Boeve will be aware that he couldn’t have hoped to meet the country’s form side at a better moment, something his Feyenoord colleague acknowledges. ‘That’s true, because the games against Ajax, Vitesse and De Graafschap has sapped a lot of our strength,’ pointed up Bert van Marwijk. ‘Also, there’s a temptation to start thinking about the cup final. That’s why I stressed to the players after the Ajax game that we still have seven league games first, all of which we basically have to win.’ With eleven teams and thirty-seven points separating the teams, all things being equal there can only be one winner, and therein lies the giant killing threat. ‘No one is taking things too lightly, but unconsciously you do have a more laidback approach to this type of game. What’s more, Zwolle are doing well, and they’ll have been given a boost by the 1-1 they pulled out of nowhere with ten men at AZ.’ Van Marwijk was happy to note that for once going into the game Feyenoord would know what their rivals had done, as both PSV and Ajax play Saturday night. ‘That’s a nice feeling. If one of them slips up you can focus on that.’ The home side is at near full strength for one of its biggest games of the year, while Van Marwijk will have Robin van Persie available for selection. He’s likely to oust last week’s hero Anthony Lurling. ‘Robin trained outside Friday and I was pleased with his condition. It would be great if he could play.’ Holland Casino Eredivise, Sunday 20 April 2003 FC ZWOLLE-FEYENOORD Venue: Oosterenkstadion Kickoff: 2.30 pm The probable teams FC Zwolle Van der Werff – Doesburg, Marco Roelofsen, Schol, Van der Haar – Karlsen, Schops, Lim-Duan, Promes – Richard Roelofsen, Cvetkov. Feyenoord Lodewijks – Emerton, Van Wonderen, De Nooijer, Paauwe – Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono, Van Persie (Lurling) – Buffel, Van Hooijdonk Referee: René Temmink The history 1988/89 PEC Zwolle 2-4 Feyenoord 1987/88 PEC Zwolle 1-1 Feyenoord 1986/87 PEC Zwolle 0-0 Feyenoord 1984/85 PEC Zwolle 1-5 Feyenoord 1983/84 PEC Zwolle 2-2 Feyenoord 2002/03 Feyenoord 2-0 FC Zwolle 1988/89 Feyenoord 1-1 PEC Zwolle 1987/88 Feyenoord 0-1 PEC Zwolle 1986/87 Feyenoord 3-2 PEC Zwolle 1984/85 Feyenoord 6-0 PEC Zwolle
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