Foot Predictions shows Thursday’s KNVB Beker clash between Heerenveen and Feyenoord, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Heerenveen and Feyenoord square on Thursday night looking to progress to the KNVB Beker semifinals.
In the eighth and fifth positions, respectively, in the Eredivisie, the two clubs know that this competition represents their only chance to win a trophy during the 2020-21 campaign.
There was a moment at the start of the season when Feyenoord struggled to compete for the Eredivisie title by keeping pace with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.
However, three defeats in four league games left Dick Advocaatwith the side down in fifth position, 12 points behind the pace.
Although finishing in the top five is still the minimum expected, Advocaat will keep an eye on the trophy, with Ajax and PSV facing off in one of the other eight qualifiers.
The veteran coach is optimistic about the possibility of a place in the semifinals after witnessing the Feyenoord team play against PSV over the weekend, winning 3-1.
This performance contrasted with the performance that was produced in the previous game against Heerenveen, with the next opponent winning 3-0 without breaking a sweat.
The home team will have received the positive aspects of the form of this success, although Johnny Jansen will emphasize to your players that they cannot get carried away by their recent form.
Although seven points have been won in three games against teams that are above them on the table, De Superfriezen is still nine points behind fifth place.
Heerenveen reached this stage of the competition with victories over TOP Oss and Emmen, while Feyenoord overtook FC Utrecht, in the middle of the table.
Heerenveen KNVB Beker form: WW
Heerenveen form (all competitions): DWLWDW
Feyenoord KNVB Beker Form: W
Feyenoord form (all competitions): WLWLLW
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Despite Sunday’s important game with AZ, Jansen can name his strongest XI for this competition.
Benjamin Nygren and Sherel Floranus are alternatives for Heerenveen if Jansen chooses to introduce new legs to his team.
As Feyenoord has not played since the victory over PSV in late January, Advocaat can stay with the team that won the match.
Nicolai Jorgensen it is expected to remain among the substitutes after the first three have contributed to the previous game.
Possible initial line-up for Heerenveen:
Mulder; Hecke, Dresevic, Bochniewicz, Kaib; Kongol, Halilovic, J.Veerman; De Jong; Bergen, H.Veerman
Possible initial Feyenoord lineup:
Marsman; Geertruida, Botteghin, Senesi, Malacia; Toornstra, Fer, Diemers; Berghuis, Linssen, Haps
Probability: Heerenveen 1-2 Feyenoord
Heerenveen is confident of registering yet another attractive victory after the recent resurgence in the Dutch top flight. However, Feyenoord looked on the right path against PSV and we feel that Advocaat’s team will set up a competitive match on Thursday night.