The championship may be out of reach but it’s going down to the wire for European qualification as Feyenoord take on their closest rivals in the hunt for a place in the Champions League preliminaries. Feyenoord will surely grab this opportunity to get the win in their last home game of the Eredivisie season. The good news is that Pierre van Hooijdonk plays despite Thursday’s red card at De Graafschap. Only Shinji Ono is doubtful.

While Rotterdam’s top scorer holds on to his place, ahead of the resolution of the league’s disciplinary committee, Tomasz Rzasa is not so lucky. The Polish international’s yellow card Thursday pushed him over the limit and his one-match suspension is automatic. Shinji Ono’s place in the starting line-up is in the balance after an ankle knock in Doetinchem, but the feeling is that he will be in from the beginning. If he isn’t, Chris Gyan is most likely to deputise. In that Brett Emerton will move up to midfield. Heereveen reached the Champions League two seasons ago and are looking to repeat the trick this time round. Despite playing the Friesian ‘national anthem’ before home games, the club where Jon Dahl Tomasson made his name boasts more Scandinavians than locals, not least Swedish striking sensation Marcus Allbäck and Finnish midfielder Mika Nurmela. Pierre van Hooijdonk for one is mighty impressed by the club’s recent rise. ‘On the pitch and in their buying and selling they make few mistakes. Every time they manage to find a new striker. They obviously have a very good team, with a very good frontman and a fantastic outside right. I believe Nurmela already has 14 assists. We have one advantage and that is that they really have to win.’ The Legion would say the same goes for Feyenoord for slightly different reasons. PROBABLE TEAMS FEYENOORD Zoetebier; Emerton, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Aros; Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono (Gyan), Van Persie; Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk HEERENVEEN Vonk; Bakkati, De Nooijer, Venema, Edman (Ebbinge); Hakansson, Radomski, Jensen; Nurmela, Allbäck, Lurling.
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