Sports Mole preview Sunday’s Eredivisie clash between NEC and Feyenoord, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Desire to find the path of victory, Feyenoord go to the Stadion de Goffert on Sunday to face NEC in round 20 of the 2021-22 Eredivisie season.
Meanwhile, the hosts enter the competition with three wins from their last four games in all competitions.
Feyenoord were beaten in their first outing of the new year on Saturday when they suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Vitesse at De Kuip.
Openda Laws opened the deadlock just after the middle of the second half and that was enough to settle a hotly contested affair in Rotterdam.
Arne’s SlotThe men of the team remain third in the league standings but are now seven points behind league leaders PSV Eindhoven at the top of the pack.
Stadionclub now prepare to take on the challenge of an opposing side they have beaten in nine of the last 11 encounters, including a 5-3 triumph in the return leg in September.
Only Ajax have scored fewer goals on the road than Sunday’s visitors, who have been breached just eight times in nine away games this season.
NEC booked their place in the last eight of this year’s KNVB-Beker with a 2-1 victory over Groningen at the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion.
Calvin Verdonck opened the scoring 10 minutes after the start of the game before Michel de Leeuw parity restored at half-time, only for Mikkel Duelund to grab the winner early in the second period.
The Eniese picked up seven of the last nine league points available before their cup triumph, which saw them drop to ninth in the table.
However, their home form has been a consistent disappointment throughout the season, with just three teams across the division collecting less than the hosts’ total of nine on Sunday.
NEC Eredivisie form:
NEC form (all competitions):
Feyenoord Eredivisie form:
Feyenoord form (all competitions):
Souffian El Karouani is traveling internationally with Morocco in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations and will miss Sunday’s match.
Edgar Barreto is ruled out with a muscle injury, and he is joined on the treatment table by Jonathan Okita and Pedro Ruiz.
Rens van Eijden and Mathias DeLoup are still awaiting their first appearance of the new campaign as they remain sidelined with long-term knee injuries.
Midfielder Guus Til put in a man of the match performance in the reverse game where he scored twice and will look to deliver the goods again.
Twenty-two years Luis Sinisterra missed his team’s last two games with a knee problem, but could return this weekend.
Possible starting composition of NEC:
Branderhorst; Guth, Odenthal, Marquez; Van Rooy, Schone, Clean, Verdonk; Tavsan, Bruijn, Mattsson
Feyenoord possible starting line-up:
Bijlow; Pedersen, Trauner, Geertruida, Malacia; Aursnes, Kokcu, Til; Linssen, Jahanbakhsh, Nelson
We say: NEC 0-2 Feyenoord
Feyenoord suffered a slight bump in the road last time out and will be keen to bounce back like all good teams do. We imagine them coming away with all three points at the full-time whistle in this one.
Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com predict an away win in this match. Click here to find out what else they predict for this game and for more of their proven football tips.Away win: data