It’s a return to Eredivisie action Sunday lunchtime for Feyenoord, and what a return, as Thursday’s heroes travel to Amsterdam to take on Ajax in a top-of-the-table clash. The stakes are high in the Arena. Traditionally the biggest confrontation in Dutch football, it’s a match that Feyenoord cannot afford to lose in the race for the title.

The match comes hot on the heels of the Rangers game, which must have taken much out of Bert van Marwijk’s players. That said, Feyenoord’s mission is far from impossible. “We’ll be going for the win. As we always do,” Van Marwijk confirmed. And who can blame him, after Thursday’s showing, coupled with Ajax’s poor performance Wednesday in a 1-1 draw at bottom club Fortuna Sittard. The mood in the Rotterdam camp is upbeat, although Patrick Paauwe for one isn’t laughing. As if Thursday’s red card wasn’t enough the defender was even having problems walking properly Saturday and had to miss training. The Dutch international is very doubtful for Sunday. And that will give Van Marwijk a bit of a headache, in view of the continued unavailability of both Chris Gyan and Ferry de Haan. Kees van Wonderen, who has just put pen to paper on a twelve-month extension to his contract, may drop back to defence. That would certainly make way for the return of Jon Dahl Tomasson, but it remains to be seen if Van Marwijk is prepared to do without the influential Van Wonderen in the middle of the park. PROBABLE TEAM Zoetebier; Emerton, Loovens, Van Wonderen, Rzasa; Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono, Van Persie; Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk
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