The third qualifying round of the Europa League gets underway on Thursday with Feyenoord and Vitesse Arnhem in action.

AS Trencin v Feyenoord (6pm)

Feyenoord head to Slovakia looking to get off to a good start in the competition but must do without a number of key first team players.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side gained confidence at the weekend, lifting the Johan Cruijff Schaal after beating PSV Eindhoven in a penalty shootout. The club are aiming to have a good European campaign this season and their first hurdle on Thursday sees them head to Slovakia to face AS Trencin.

However, Van Bronckhorst has an injury crisis with Jeremiah St. Juste, Ridgeciano Haps, Nicolai Jorgensen, Yassin Ayoub, Renato Tapia, Eric Botteghin and Robin van Persie all missing while Tonny Vilhena is suspended. New signings Joris Delle and Luis Sinisterra are also not available.

It means a number of young players are set to be given a chance with Orkun Kokcu, Wouter Burger, Jordy Wehrmann, Mo El Hankouri, Ramon ten Hove and Lutsharel Geertruida in the squad.

Possible Feyenoord line-up: Bijlow, Nieuwkoop, Verdonk, van der Heijden, Van Beek, Clasie, Toornstra, Wehrmann, Berghuis, Larsson, Vente

Opponents AS Trencin finished fifth in the Slovakian league last season and entered the competition in the first qualifying round, seeing off Budocnost and Górnik Zabrze to set up their meeting with Feyenoord.

Coached by Dutchman Ricardo Moniz, Trencin have four Dutch players in their squad. Former Feyenoord midfielder Joey Sleegers will be eager to face his former side, while Desley Ubbink, Phillipe van Arnhem and Aschraf El Mahdioui could all feature.

Possible AS Trencin line-up: Šemrinec, Lawrence, Skovajsa, Šulek, El Mahdioui, Zubairu, Sleegers, Mance, Čataković, Azango

Vitesse v Basel (7pm)

Vitesse meet struggling Swiss giants FC Basel in Arnhem on Thursday looking to pull off an upset.

Vitesse came through Romanian side Viitorul Constanta comfortably in the last round but the opposition has got a lot tougher for Leonid Slutsky with FC Basel heading to Netherlands on Thursday.

Slutsky will take heart from the form of Bryan Linssen and Tim Matavz already in the competition and told the press on Thursday he sees the match as fifty-fifty, “This is a very serious test against a big team. On paper, FC Basel is the favourite, but I think it is fifty-fifty. They have changed their coach and have to adapt to a new philosophy, to new demands.”

Possible Vitesse line-up: Eduardo, Buttner, Thelander, Clarke-Salter, Karavaev, Serero, Foor, Bero, Beerens, Linssen, Matavz

FC Basel could only finish second in the Swiss league last season and have had a horror start to this campaign after being knocked out of the Champions League by PAOK. Raphaël Wicky was sacked and although Frank de Boer was linked, Marcel Koller has been named as his replacement.

After four straight games without a win, Basel stopped the rot with a 4-2 win over Grasshoppers at the weekend and head into the first-leg with some confidence.

Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is a hero in Arnhem and could feature against his former side.

Possible Basel line-up: Omlin, Suchy, Widmer, Cumart, Riveros, Frei, Die, Zuffi, van Wolfswinkel, Oberlin, Ajeti




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