Second play third in this top of the table clash, as Ronald Koeman looks to guide the Rotterdammers back into Europe's premier competition
Nelom, Vlaar, De Vrij, Leerdam
Bakkal, Martens Indi, Clasie
Cisse, Fernandez, Schaken
Poulsen, Viergever, Klavan, Marcellis
Martens, Elm, Maher
Beerens, Altidore, Holman
Feyenoord will be without talismanic forward John Guidetti on Sunday, who remains sidelined with a nerve infection. Guyon Fernandez looks set to continue deputising for the Swede. The second absence of note for the hosts is the suspended Karim el Ahmadi, with Bruno Martins Indi likely to fill the Moroccan’s midfield berth.
AZ duo Nick Viergever and Roy Beerens are doubts for Sunday’s encounter, with the pair nursing hamstring and ankle complaints respectively. Gert-Jan Verbeek will also be without the suspended Niklas Moisander, with Ragnar Klavan the centre-back’s most likely replacement.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Feyenoord currently sit third in the league, level on points with the second-placed visitors.
- The Kuyp outfit have won five of their last six matches, outscoring their opponents 13-2 in those encounters.
- The Rotterdammers have their sights set on a Champions League playoffs-ticket, having not featured in Europe’s premier competition since 2002.
- AZ are currently second in the league table, edging out Sunday’s hosts on goal difference by a single strike.
- The Alkmaar side have the league’s meanest defensive record, having conceded 33 goals up to this point.
- Jozy Altidore (pictured) is his side’s current top scorer, with 15 league goals to his name this term.