DE GRAAFSCHAP-FEYENOORD, THURS. 25 APRIL, 8 PM

After all the hullabaloo of the pending UEFA Cup final, Feyenoord get back down to Eredivisie business Thursday with a trip to Doetinchem. Three points are indispensable in the hunt for the highest possible league placing and automatic Champions League qualification, though life will not be easy against De Graafschap, despite the home side’s precarious position.

Feyenoord haven’t always shone against low-end opposition this season and must approach the game with the right mindset. What the squad needs right now is rest, but there’s just no let up in the schedule. The medical personnel are working hard to lap up their charges for the final push. And it seems to be working, because Bonaventure Kalou and Robin van Persie both went full out in the final training session before the match and look good for a place in the starting line-up. The return of those wide players and the suspension of Paul Bosvelt mean that Bert van Marwijk’s side will look a little different to the one that beat Fortuna. Leonardo, Chris Gyan and Johan Elmander will have to settle for a place on the bench and Feyenoord will start the game with its strongest eleven. The trainer would have liked to have given some players a rest, but saw such a move as just too much of a risk. ‘Our squad doesn’t have enough quality in depth. We will have problems enough. You know how De Graafschap play, it’s opportunist football and things can get a bit uncomfortable at Vijverberg.’ ‘It’s a cliché, but away to De Graafschap is always a tough one for us,’ Paul Bosvelt admits. ‘We usually win in the end but we often go behind and have a difficult time of it till well into the game. We’ll have to do our utmost to win, certainly if we want to finish second.’ PROBABLE TEAMS DE GRAAFSCHAP Postma; Bot, Vreman, Nok, Fränkel; Meerdink, Van den Brom, Van Leerdam, Van Vossen; Turpijn en Valeev FEYENOORD Zoetebier; Emerton, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Kalou (Elmander), Bosvelt, Ono, Van Persie; Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk Referee is René Temmink.

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