Feyenoord are in Israel on Thursday looking to book their place in the Europa League group stages. Kick-off against Hapoel Beer Sheva is 6.30pm.

Feyenoord eased to a first-leg victory in De Kuip last week with Sam Larsson making it 1-0 before Leroy Fer’s double put the Rotterdam side in a commanding position heading into the second leg.

Jaap Stam is taking nothing for granted despite the lead, “When I think back to my own experiences, I know you can’t cheer too early and we don’t do that in this case either. The 3-0 lead is fine, but we are prepared for a storm from Hapoel Beer Sheva. “

Feyenoord were given the weekend off by the KNVB in order to prepare for the second leg, while Hapoel Beer Sheva drew 0-0 against Beitar Jerusalem.

Team News

Steven Berghuis took a knock in training earlier this week but he is fit enough for the trip to Israel.

Nicolai Jorgensen is still out injured, while Jan-Arie van der Heijden and Yassin Ayoub are missing as they seek transfers away from the club.

Possible Feyenoord line-up: Vermeer, Karsdorp, Haps, Ie, Botteghin, Fer, Tapia, Kokcu, Larsson, Narsingh, Berghuis

Hapoel boss Bachar Bakhar made a few changes to the side that lost 3-0 in the first leg for their 0-0 draw with Beiter Jerusalem at the weekend.

However, he may decide to refer back to the same eleven that started in Rotterdam last week.

Possible Hapoel Beer Sheva line-up: Setkus, Goldberg, Bitton, Taha, Vitor, Kabha, Keitjens, Shamir, Zrihan, Safouri, Hasselbaink

Odds

Hapoel Beer Sheva 11/5 Draw 12/5 Feyenoord 6/5

What to expect from the second leg

Feyenoord have a commanding lead and were by far the better team in the first-leg and should have scored more than three goals.

Hapoel Beer Sheva will undoubtedly improve at home but Feyenoord should still be aiming for a victory which will help boost the Dutch coefficient.




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