Feyenoord head to Georgia on Thursday with a substantial lead over Dinamo Tbilisi. Kick-off in the second-leg is 5.30pm.

Feyenoord already have one foot in the Europa League playoff spots after their comfortable 4-0 victory in the first leg last week.

Jaap Stam’s side took the lead through Luis Sinisterra before Tbilisi were reduced to ten men. A late flurry of goals followed with Steven Berghuis, an own goal and Luciano Narsingh sealing a big victory.

Feyenoord now head to Tbilisi on Thursday looking to finish the job and move into a tie against either IFK Norrkoping or Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Their first leg finished 1-1.

Stam spoke to the press on Wednesday and confirmed his side are eager to win the second leg and not just sit back on their lead, “Immediately after the match last week it was already stated that this return is very important. The lead is great, but we also want to get results here. The boys are keen on that.”

At the weekend, Feyenoord were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Heerenveen, while Dinamo Tbilisi have had a week of rest since the first-leg.

Team News

Feyenoord heads to Tbilisi without Jens Toornstra, Nicolai Jørgensen, Sven van Beek, Dylan Vente, Leroy Fer, Rick Karsdorp and Yassin Ayoub, whose with is about to give birth.

Stam has included a number of young talents in his squad including Crysencio Summerville, Marouan Azarkan and Denzel Hall.

Possible Feyenoord line-up: Vermeer, Geertruida, Haps, van der Heijden, Botteghin, Tapia, Burger, Kokcu, Larsson, Narsingh, Berghuis

Dinamo Tbilisi will be without the suspended Akaki Shulaia, who came off the bench last week before seeing two yellow cards in the space of three minutes.

Possible Dinamo Tbilisi line-up: Perales, Rukhaia, Kimadze, Mongil, Kabouri, Ninua, Kutalia, Kukhianidze, Papava, Kavtaradze, Shengelia

Odds

Dinamo Tbilisi 10/3 Draw 13/5 Feyenoord 4/5

What to expect from the second leg

Barring a shocking result in Georgia, Feyenoord should comfortably book their place in the Europa League playoffs.

Dinamo Tbilisi have a good record at home this season and with Feyenoord missing several key players, the match could go either way. However, Feyenoord have the talent to score an away goal which would definitely kill the game.

Jaap Stam could also give an opportunity to some young talents if the tie is comfortable heading into the second half.




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