After their loss to Rangers two weeks ago, Feyenoord will look to bounce back when Portuguese giants Porto visit De Kuip. Kick-off on Thursday is 5.55pm.

Feyenoord were incredibly poor in their first group game at Ibrox two weeks ago and they were lucky to only suffer a 1-0 defeat.

Coach Jaap Stam has come under pressure for a poor start to the campaign in the league too, but some of that was eased at the weekend with a 5-1 win over FC Twente.

Now, Feyenoord will look to get their Europa League campaign back on track but face a big test as Porto come to Rotterdam on Thursday.

The Portuguese giants were knocked out of the Champions League qualifying rounds by Krasnodar and must now make do with a campaign in the Europa League. Two weeks ago they started with a 2-1 win over Young Boys.

Sérgio Conceição’s side are currently in great form, having won eight games in all competitions in a row. Their last loss was to Krasnodar in the Champions League. They currently sit third in the Portuguese league.

Stam admitted during his press conference that his side are second favourites for the clash, “We have looked at Porto in detail. It is a very strong team and the favorite for tomorrow, especially considering their performance in recent months. But we want to play our own game and make it as difficult as possible for them.”

Team News

Nicolai Jorgensen returned to training this week but is still not fight and is unlikely to feature. Orkun Kokcu is also struggling with flu. Sven van Beek is still injured.

Possible Feyenoord line-up: Vermeer, Karsdorp, Haps, Ie, Botteghin, Tapia, Toornstra, Sinisterra, Larsson, Berghuis

Porto will be without injured midfielder Sergio Oliveira but former FC Twente winger Jesus Corona should start.

Possible Porto line-up: Marchesin, Corona, Telles, Pepe, Marcano, Uribe, Pereira, Otavinho, Marega, Diaz, Ze Luis

Odds

Feyenoord 23/10 Draw 27/10 Porto 11/10

Can Feyenoord get their European campaign back on track?

Feyenoord have been poor so far this campaign and they were torn apart by Rangers two weeks ago.

The win over FC Twente will have given them some confidence and the atmosphere in De Kuip on Thursday should lift the players as well.

Porto, understandably, go into the game as favourites given their excellent form at the moment and it will take a great performance to overcome them. However, two years ago, Feyenoord defeated Manchester United at this stage in De Kuip and at home in Europe they can rise to the occasion.

Another defeat, though could prove fatal to Feyenoord’s chances of getting out of this group.




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