Feyenoord and PEC Zwolle will face each other in De Kuip on Wednesday evening. The Rotterdammers are already looking halfway to next Sunday’s Classic, but will have to be alert against PEC. The Rotterdammers cannot use points loss.
Feyenoord has not always resumed the competition successfully in the past decade. The Rotterdammers often lost points in their first match in the new calendar year. If not last Sunday. Feyenoord settled in the Rotterdam derby with Sparta, which was beaten 0-2. Feyenoord had little to fear from the club from Spangen. Advocaat’s team itself created a handful of opportunities, two of which were therefore exploited.
In the rankings Feyenoord crept a little closer to the top, due to the draw between Ajax and PSV (2-2). Although the question remains whether the Stadium Club has the qualities to really compete for the top place. After Sunday’s derby victory, the lawyer noted that it is nice that the infirmary is no longer as overcrowded as earlier this season. And captain Steven Berghuis was also satisfied with the good players that Feyenoord still has on hand. In view of the busy schedule, Advocaat could rotate in a few places. Bryan Linssen and Nicolai Jørgensen could start to keep Luis Sinisterra and Lucas Pratto fit for Sunday’s important game.
PEC Zwolle succeeded in losing points to AZ Alkmaar last Saturday. The people of Zwolle quickly took the lead in-house. Pelle Clement, who surprisingly had been posted in the striker by trainer John Stegeman, took care of the Zwolle goal. In the rest of the match, very little actually happened. Opportunities were sparse, but the Alkmaarders still managed to score. The team left the field of the Mac Park Stadium with a 1-1 final score.
The next top opponent is waiting on Wednesday, after which a slightly simpler phase of the season will begin for the Zwolle, with opponents such as Fortuna Sittard, Willem II and Heracles Almelo. Currently, PEC doesn’t really have to worry about degradation. The gap to sixteenth place is currently seven points. Stegeman will give away just as few chances against Feyenoord as in the match against AZ. A similar tactic and corresponding attitude is therefore obvious.
PREDICTION: Feyenoord to win @ 1,45