FEYENOORD-FC DEN BOSCH, WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER, 8PM

Feyenoord take on FC Den Bosch for a place in the last eight of the Amstel Cup Wednesday night in the Kuip, knowing that the cup has been the source of many an upset in recent years. Last year Feyenoord were dumped out of the same competition by AZ Alkmaar on home turf by three goals to one and a similar result this time round would be hard to stomach.

Bert van Marwijk will be fully aware of the need for complete commitment from his players if Feyenoord are to secure a berth in the quarter final by beating an FC Den Bosch side that held them to a goalless draw in the league in the opening weeks of the season. The Rotterdammers are on a great run at the moment however and must feel confident after Sunday’s annihilation of NEC. The players see the Amstel Cup as a great opportunity to add to the Feyenoord role of honour and their own medal collections of course. Of the current squad only Ulrich van Gobbel (Feyenoord 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995) and Ramon van Haaren (Roda JC 1997, 2000) have ever lifted the trophy. Patrick Paauwe is looking forward to it: ‘I’ve never reached a cup final, so I’ll be giving my all.’ And Kees van Wonderen too: ‘It’s been six years since Feyenoord won the cup. It’s about time.’ Jon Dahl Tomasson is likely to miss the game as he works towards full fitness ahead of Sunday’s six-pointer at home to PSV. Bonaventure Kalou is expected to deputise for the great Dane. PROBABLE TEAMS FEYENOORD Zoetebier; Emerton, De Haan, Paauwe, De Visser; Kalou (Dos Santos), Bosvelt, Ono, Smolarek; Elmander, Van Hooijdonk FC DEN BOSCH Mampaey; Faerber, Van der Hoorn, Uneken, Peelen; Mourad, Deckers, Michels, Maximiano; De Freitas, Van den Eede
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