Eredivisie Preview: Feyenoord - Ajax
The Rotterdam giants were beaten in their first match after the winter break, and they will be keen to return to winning ways against their fourth-placed arch-rivals
By Stefan Coerts
Leerdam, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Nelom
Clasie, Bakkal, Mokotjo
Schaken, Guidetti, Cabral
Anita, Van Rhijn, Vertonghen, Blind
Enoh, Eriksen, Janssen
Sulejmani, De Jong, Ebecilio
Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman is without the injured Kaj Ramsteijn and Ricky van Haaren, while Karim el Ahmadi is away on international duty with Morocco. Furthermore, striker John Guidetti is doubtful due to illness, although the Manchester City loanee is expected to make it in time.
Defenders Stefan de Vrij and Miquel Nelom both missed last week's loss to VVV but have made the match squad again for Sunday's game.
Ajax boss Frank de Boer will still have to make do without the services of long-term injury concerns Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Bruno Silva. Additionally, defenders Gregory van der Wiel, Andre Ooijer, Toby Alderweireld and Nicolai Boilesen are all unavailable while on the treatment table, as well as winger Derk Boerrigter.
Therefore, young centre-back Ricardo van Rhijn will feature from the start, while Daley Blind could get the nod at left-back.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Feyenoord are currently sitting joint-fifth in the Eredivisie table with 31 points from 18 matches.
- The hosts' goalkeeper Erwin Mulder has kept six clean sheets so far this season.
- The Rotterdam giants' first-choice striker John Guidetti has the best goal-to-games ratio in the Eredivisie with 11 strikes in 12 games.
- Ajax are the league's number-four side at the moment with 34 points from 18 games.
- Shot-stopper Kenneth Vermeer (pictured) was shown a straight red card in the 1-1 home draw in the reverse of this fixture.
- The away side are on a six-match unbeaten run in the Eredivisie, winning four, and drawing the remaining two.
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Top 3 Predictions
Feyenoord 1-2 Ajax
- 16.88 %
Feyenoord 2-1 Ajax
- 11.69 %
Feyenoord 1-3 Ajax
- 7.79 %
|Netherlands - Eredivisie (NED1)||Aug 18, 2013||Ajax 2 - Feyenoord 1|
|Netherlands - Eredivisie (NED1)||Jan 20, 2013||Ajax 3 - Feyenoord 0|
|Netherlands - Eredivisie (NED1)||Oct 28, 2012||Feyenoord 2 - Ajax 2|
|Netherlands - Eredivisie (NED1)||Jan 29, 2012||Feyenoord 4 - Ajax 2|
|Netherlands - Eredivisie (NED1)||Oct 23, 2011||Ajax 1 - Feyenoord 1|
|Dec 8, 2013||Heerenveen 1 - Feyenoord 2||NED1|
|Dec 1, 2013||Feyenoord 3 - PSV 1||NED1|
|Nov 24, 2013||RKC 1 - Feyenoord 0||NED1|
|Nov 10, 2013||Feyenoord 2 - AZ 2||NED1|
|Nov 3, 2013||sc Cambuur 0 - Feyenoord 2||NED1|
|5||Bruno Martins Indi||Defender|
|3||Stefan de Vrij||Defender|
|34||Ricardo van Rhijn||Defender|
|10||Siem de Jong||Midfielder|
The gifted midfielder has developed into a key player at Feyenoord since returning from his loan spell at Excelsior, and has already earned himself the nickname of 'the Dutch Xavi'. Clasie put in a man-of-the-match performance in the away match against Ajax and much will depend on whether the youngster is able to leave his mark on the game.
Eriksen is arguably Ajax's most talented player but the Denmark international has been struggling to make an impact in the big games this term. The playmaker failed to contribute any goals or assists against Feyenoord, PSV and Twente in the first half of the season and he will be determined to prove his worth on the big stage on Sunday.
Both sides were unable to bag the full three points in their first match after the winter break and each will be desperate to return to winning ways on Sunday. Feyenoord have impressed in the big games this season and will be hoping to keep that trend going against Ajax. Nevertheless, the visitors will not be pushovers, despite their injury worries, and a draw seems to be the most likely result in De Klassieker.
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