Feyenoord start their Europa League campaign with a tricky trip to Croatia on Thursday to face Dinamo Zagreb. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Feyenoord finished third in the cancelled Eredivisie last season, leading to a group stage spot in the Europa League.

The Rotterdam side is currently unbeaten in their last 18 games, since a 3-2 loss against Porto in the Europa League last season.

Dick Advocaat’s side has won three of their five Eredivisie games this season but were disappointing last weekend in a 1-1 draw at home to Sparta Rotterdam.

Feyenoord has been placed in a group with Russian giants CSKA Moscow, Wolfsberger of Austria, and Thursday’s opponents Dinamo Zagreb.

The Croatian side was aiming to be in the Champions League group stages again but lost out in the qualifiers against Ferencvaros.

Dinamo Zagreb eased to the Croatian title last season, and are currently unbeaten this season with six wins and one draw.

Team News

Feyenoord travels to Croatia without the injured Leroy Fer and striker Robert Bozenik. Sven van Beek, and Luis Sinisterra are still out.

Lutsharel Geertruida is set to come into the side in place of Fer, while Advocaat must decide whether to stick with Bryan Linssen up front or turn to the fit against Nicolai Jorgensen.

Possible Feyenoord line-up: Bijlow, Nieuwkoop, Haps, Senesi, Botteghin, Geertruida, Teixera, Toornstra, Berghuis, Diemers, Linssen

Dinamo Zagreb will be without midfielder Josip Misic for the clash. The danger man is Swiss striker Mario Gavranovic, who netted a hattrick in the club’s last match.

Possible Dinamo Zagreb line-up: Livakovic, Leovac, Theophile-Catherine, Stojanovic, Lauritsen, Jakic, Majer, Franjic, Orsic, Kastrati, Gavranovic

Odds

Dinamo Zagreb 5/4 Draw 11/4 Feyenoord 19/10

Can Feyenoord start with a victory?

This is a really tough game to call with both sides unbeaten this season, and on paper they are evenly matched.

Dinamo Zagreb are a strong side that had ambitions to be in the Champions League. They have a good striker, and Feyenoord will have to be at their best to come away from Croatia with anything.

Steven Berghuis is in good form and the backline has been strong this season, but Feyenoord may be happy to come away from Zagreb with a point.




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