Feyenoord return to Eredivisie action Sunday afternoon with a real six pointer in the Kuip against PSV. A win would make cement the home side’s position at the top of the league and increase Feyenoord’s advantage over third place PSV to seven points with two games in hand. Eggs don’t always hatch into chickens however and Feyenoord won’t need reminding that they lost the corresponding fixture last season 1-2.

'PSV are slowly gaining strength. They are a title candidate’, is the opinion of Bert van Marwijk, who knows it will take a championship effort to win all three points. He does seem to have a somewhat luxurious problem going into the game however. With Kees van Wonderen fit and raring to go he would normally be first choice in the centre of defence. But Patrick Paauwe has played in that role with aplomb the past few weeks and the presence of a left-footer like Paauwe beside him appears to benefit Ferry de Haan. Van Marwijk might even play all three if Shinji Ono is not able to start due to a painful ankle. The Japanese international visited hospital Friday morning for the scan and his trainer will have to wait and see. Brett Emerton is totally recovered and available if selected, either in defence or midfield. Sunday will be a serious test of Feyenoord’s championship credentials. The match sold out some days ago and there’ll be 43,000 fans in the Kuip, despite the bitter cold and the fact that the match is going out live on TV. Van Marwijk for one is positive. ‘If you look at the table and the run we’ve put together, we aren’t doing so bad after all. I have every confidence.’ Probable team: Zoetebier; Emerton, De Haan, Paauwe (Van Wonderen), Rzasa; Elmander, Bosvelt, Ono (Paauwe), Smolarek; Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk LAST TEN ENCOUNTERS AT HOME: 25/02/2001 Feyenoord PSV 1 - 2 28/11/1999 Feyenoord PSV 1 - 0 21/02/1999 Feyenoord PSV 3 - 1 14/09/1997 Feyenoord PSV 1 - 1 09/03/1997 Feyenoord PSV 0 - 0 AWAY: 12/11/2000 PSV Feyenoord 1 - 0 03/02/2000 PSV Feyenoord 0 - 1 22/09/1998 PSV Feyenoord 1 - 2 26/04/1998 PSV Feyenoord 3 - 3 20/10/1996 PSV Feyenoord 7 - 2
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