Feyenoord must beat Wolfsberger AC in Austria on Thursday to progress to the Europa League knockout round.

Last week, Feyenoord were awful and blew a big chance to all but book their place in the next round when they were defeated 2-0 at home by Dinamo Zagreb.

Luckily for the Rotterdammers they still have a chance to progress, but they must defeat Wolfsberger AC in Austria. That will not be an easy feat with the Austrian side winning 4-1 in Rotterdam back in October.

Feyenoord have not managed a victory in their last four games, and drew 1-1 against Heracles Almelo at the weekend despite playing most of the second half against 10-men.

Opponents Wolfsberger AC, who will go through with at least a draw, lost 4-1 against Swarovski Tirol at the weekend. They sit seventh in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Team News

Dick Advocaat has been boosted by the return of Leroy Fer and Luis Sinisterra to the squad after both recovered from injuries. However, both are set to start on the bench.

Bryan Linssen also returns for Feyenoord, but Justin Bijlow, Ridgeciano Haps, Sven van Beek, Christian Conteh and Robert Bozenik are all out.

Possible Feyenoord line-up: Marsman; Geertruida, Spajic, Senesi, Malacia; Diemers, Toornstra, Kokcu; Berghuis, Jorgensen, Linssen

Wolfsberger have no fresh injury concerns with Ferdinand Feldhofer able to choose from a fully fit squad.

Possible Wolfsberger line-up: Kofler; Novak, Baumgartner, Lochoshvili, Scherzer; Taferner, Wernitznig, Liendl, Sprangler; Peretz, Vizinger

Odds

Wolfsberger 19/10 Draw 27/10 Feyenoord 13/10

Can Feyenoord progress to the next round?

Thursday’s clash is a difficult one to call with Wolfsberger AC failing to win any of their home games in the competition so far, while Feyenoord have been better away from home than at De Kuip.

Feyenoord have been boosted by the return of Sinisterra and Fer but they will only be available from the bench. Hopefully, Advocaat’s side will be able to compete better than they did in Rotterdam and take the chances that fall their way.

Wolfsberger are a side there for the taking if Feyenoord are at their best.




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