FEYENOORD-RODA JC, SUNDAY 3 FEB, 2.30 PM

Eredivisie football returns to the Kuip for the first time since the December draw with PSV with the visit of Roda JC. Feyenoord had few problems with the Kerkrade outfit at the end of August and will be confident of taking another three points against a side that has generally disappointed this campaign, although Roda do find themselves still in the UEFA Cup and steadily climbing the league ladder under the stewardship of former Belgian national coach George Leekens.

Bert van Marwijk feels his side have shown enough in the past week to underscore their title pretensions, despite the meagre return. “We put PSV under sustained pressure at their own place and in extra time too, contrary to what I’ve read in some quarters, we were certainly not inferior. It was just disappointing that we didn’t get any reward.” The Feyenoord boss was especially happy to reflect on an excellent performance midweek at the Philips Stadium. At the back Patrick Paauwe was far and away the best player on the park and Loovens did well. In midfield Bosvelt and Van Wonderen in particular played Van Bommel and Vogel off the pitch and up front Van Hooijdonk and Tomasson won almost everything. So it was a very good team performance, but if you are looking to dominate, you have to make a difference on the wings. The four (Ono, Elmander, Dos Santos and Smolarek) who gave it a go there Wednesday did their utmost, but they are just not in form. They were unable to keep hold of the ball and so they couldn’t grow into the game either. Then there’s not much you can do. Although we have gained a lot of confidence from the game.” Feyenoord go into Sunday’s game knowing that only a win will keep them on course for the ultimate prize. The good news is that Van Marwijk has not seen the injury list grow any longer. Jon Dahl Tomasson is expected to shrug off minor niggle, so with Bonaventure Kalou and Mauricio Aros not yet back in Rotterdam, the starting eleven is expected to look much like the team that kicked off the cup game in Eindhoven. PROBABLE TEAM Zoetebier; Emerton, Loovens, Paauwe, Rzasa; Elmander, Bosvelt, Van Wonderen, Ono; Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk
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