Van Marwijk is blessed in the personnel department, albeit that Patrick Paauwe and Bonaventura Kalou were both missing from Monday training. Kalou is stranded in Côte d’Ivoire waiting for a plane, while Paauwe was busy getting married. ‘But he’ll be playing tomorrow. Patrick is professional enough to know what’s expected of him against Excelsior. Kalou is another story. We’re doing everything in our power to get him to Holland with another operator. I cannot say whether we’ll manage it,’ Van Marwijk explained.
New recruits Sebastián Pardo, Mariano Bombarda and Chong-gug Song are available, although the coach is unsure whether he’ll use them. 'Bombarda has been here only two weeks and I hadn’t expected him to be as far along as he is. I don’t know whether I’ll include him. The same goes for Pardo. Song only arrived three days ago, so he definitely won’t be involved.' Thomas Buffel is the man most likely to partner Pierre van Hooijdonk up front.
After having picked up a point in their first two games, Excelsior know that anything they get from Tuesday’s game is a bonus. 'I would be satisfied with a draw,’ admitted coach Adri Koster. ‘But my players will be very motivated, because they want to show Feyenoord that they want to play in the Kuip too.’
Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Gyan, Paauwe, Van Wonderen, Van Haaren; Emerton, Bosvelt, Ono, Lurling; Buffel en Van Hooijdonk
Excelsior: Malkowski; Olfers, Breuer, Swerts, Holman; Van Dieren, Mtiliga, Boutahar, Pinas; Lopes, Koswal
21/9/1986 Feyenoord 5-0 Excelsior
3/11/1985 Feyenoord 2-1 Excelsior
25/4/1985 Feyenoord 2-1 Excelsior
30/10/1983 Feyenoord 4-0 Excelsior
16/1/1983 Feyenoord 1-0 Excelsior
5/4/1987 Excelsior 1-6 Feyenoord
27/4/1986 Excelsior 2-1 Feyenoord
4/11/1984 Excelsior 2-4 Feyenoord
15/4/1984 Excelsior 0-2 Feyenoord
22/8/1982 Excelsior 2-3 Feyenoord