Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Eredivisie clash between Feyenoord and Willem II, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Meanwhile, the away side make the journey to Rotterdam this weekend aiming to avoid a 10th consecutive away defeat across all competitions.
Feyenoord fell to a 3-2 defeat in their heavyweight meeting against league leaders Ajax at the Johan Cruyff ArenA a fortnight ago.
De Stadionclub have now fallen 11 points behind in the race to be crowned champions and their title challenge is all but over with seven matches left to play.
Lying in store next is the challenge of a Willem II side who have lost each of the last five meetings between the teams by a combined score of 16-1.
With a Conference League first-leg clash against Slavia Prague to follow, Saturday’s hosts set out to pick up a morale-boosting victory to help set the tone for their continental commitment.
Willem II played out a second consecutive stalemate on home turf as they held AZ Alkmaar to a 2-2 draw at the Konig Willem II Stadion on March 20.
The Tricolores remain one place and one point above the relegation zone having played more games than their nearest two challengers.
Saturday’s visitors have managed just eight points from a possible 39 away from home with their last victory on the road coming back in September.
Feyenoord Eredivisie form:
Feyenoord form (all competitions):
Willem II Eredivisie form:
This weekend’s hosts will also be without the services of Philippe Sandler, who is yet to make his Feyenoord debut due to a thigh injury.
Bryan Linssen has had to make do with second-half cameos in four straight matches but we expect the forward to feature right from the off this time around.
Still in search of a first victory since taking over from Fred Grim, Kevin Hofland is expected to make some alterations to his starting XI from last time out.
Feyenoord possible starting lineup:
Marciano; Malacia, Senesi, Trauner, Geertruida; Aursnes, Toornstra; Sinisterra, Til, Nelson; Linssen
Willem II possible starting lineup:
Wellenreuther; Owusu, Dammers, Kohn, Kohlert; Saddiki, Heerkens, Crowley; Nunnely, Hornkamp, Kabungu
We say: Feyenoord 2-0 Willem II
Feyenoord will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat as they take on a Willem II side struggling at both ends of the pitch. We tip the home side to emerge triumphant in a what should be a relatively comfortable win.