They’ll be getting used to it nowadays, but the games continue to come thick and fast for Feyenoord. And fittingly near the end of the season, they’re all vital. Failure to win in the Philips Stadium could finish off the Rotterdam outfit’s title aspirations, bearing in mind the four-point gap between them and Ajax, although Feyenoord have a game in hand. Thing is, after the encounter with PSV the UEFA Cup finalists have only four games left to make up the deficit.
It seems that Robin van Persie is the only victim of Thursday’s battle. The youth international limped out of that game and will sit out this one. Leonardo replaced Van Persie against Inter and is expected to retain his place. Pierre van Hooijdonk is a doubt, after straining his groin and consequently missing Saturday training, but trainer Van Marwijk will be desperate to see the big man recover sufficiently to face PSV. Elmander is waiting in the wings to take over Van Hooijdonk’s striking duties if need be.
Dumped out of the Dutch Cup Wednesday at Ajax, PSV have only the league to play for now and will be really up for Sunday’s game. Not least after what happened in the Kuip on 21 March. Ernest Faber in any event is ruled out after picking up one too many bookings. Otherwise, midfield engineroom Johann Vogel is unlikely to be risked after picking up a knock to the head in midweek.
Waterreus; Bøgelund, Hofland, Ooijer, Heintze; Rommedahl, Van Bommel, Vogel (Bouma), Bouma (Gakhokidze); Vennegoor of Hesselink, Kezman
Zoetebier; Emerton, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono, Leonardo; Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk (Elmander)