FC ZWOLLE FIRST, THEN NEWCASTLE

Work at the Champions League coalface continues Wednesday night in Rotterdam when Newcastle United come to town to determine who goes through and who goes out, but first things first, because Feyenoord play host to FC Zwolle in the Eredivise Sunday, desperate for three points in the hunt for the title. Biggest worry for coach Bert van Marwijk is the fitness of captain Paul Bosvelt, who lipped out of training Friday.

As per usual the last domestic fixture ahead of a Champions League meet is overshadowed by the coming European challenge. Bert van Marwijk would prefer to give some of his key performers a rest against FC Zwolle, but the issue is far from clear-cut. A win is vital to keep pace with Ajax and PSV at the top of the league. The squad have been given time to get into shape this week. A godsend, according to Van Marwijk. ‘We’ve been able to give slightly injured players like Paauwe, Buffel and Song the extra rest. They needed it.’ The threesome are indispensable against Zwolle, now that Paul Bosvelt looks set to miss the game due to a calf strain. Bosvelt’s replacement could come from a number of directions. Kees van Wonderen might move up into midfield with Glenn Loovens, Ferry de Haan, Chris Gyan or Pieter Collen taking over his role in defence. Otherwise, Brett Emerton could move inside with Song moving up into his place on the right and Collen or Gyan coming in at rightback. Or what about Lurling switching to the rightwing, while Emerton moves inside, making room on the left for Pardo or Van Persie. No lack of permutations then, although Van Marwijk will not want to shuffle his pack too much. At Friday’s press call Van Marwijk was cagey about Bosvelt. The coach did pronounce on his team’s supposed lack of form however. ‘I don’t think the decline is as disastrous as some have suggested. Against Willem II and Juventus we did well in any case. Against Groningen it wasn’t class, but it didn’t need to be to win there.’ Sunday 10 November 2002 FEYENOORD-FC ZWOLLE Venue: The Kuip Kickoff: 2.30pm Referee: Sterk Probable team: Zoetebier; Song, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Emerton, Bosvelt (De Haan), Ono, Lurling; Kalou, Buffel The History: 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 1983/84 Feyenoord 2-1 PEC Zwolle 1988/89 PEC Zwolle – Feyenoord 2-4 1987/88 PEC Zwolle – Feyenoord 1-1 1986/87 PEC Zwolle – Feyenoord 0-0 1984/85 PEC Zwolle – Feyenoord 1-5 1983/84 PEC Zwolle – Feyenoord 2-2 The last meeting between the clubs was in the Amstel Cup. In 1993 Feyenoord were held to 1-1, but progressed on penalties.
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