Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Thanks to a 5-0 win over Elfsborg, Feyenoord moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa Conference League group stages. The Eredivisie outfit made a flying start to the season, with the team beating both Willem II (4-0) and G.A. Eagles (2-0) in the national championship. Feyenoord are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in all competitions, but keep in mind that head coach Arne Slot is unlikely to field the best possible side in the return leg.
Defender Marcos Senesi, who limped off with injury in the triumph over G.A. Eagles, is unlikely to feature in Thursday’s match. Elfsborg’s pride, on the other hand, will be at stake in the second leg. The Allsvenskan outfit face an uphill task in the return leg, but seeing that Feyenoord got their job done in Rotterdam, we predict that the hosts will find the net this time out.
Highlighted Player (Leroy Fer):
After spending four years at Feyenoord, Leroy Fer joined FC Twente in 2011. On 13 July, 2013 Norwich City chiefs closed a four-year deal with Fer for a fee in the region of £4.4 million. The Dutch midfielder made 30 appearances for Norwich and he scored three goals for the Carrow Road outfit.
Following Norwich’s relegation from the elite division, the highly rated footballer went on to join Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 2013/2014 campaign. The Dutch footballer scored eight goals in 48 appearances for QPR, but on 1 February 2016 he was sent on loan to Swansea City. Fer made his move to Swansea permanent five months later.
Leroy was born on 5 January, 1990 in Zoetemeer, Netherlands and he is 188 cm tall. His parents are originally from Curacao and his father Lesley was a baseball player. Speaking of his individual awards, Leroy Fer was named Rotterdam Talent of the Year in 2008.
Highlighted Team (Feyenoord):
Back in 1908 football club Wilhemina was founded in the pub De Vereeniging and they played their home games in blue-sleeved red shirts and white shorts. The club’s name was changed to Hillesluise in 1909 and soon they became RVV Celeritas.
Finally, in 1912 the club got a name SC Feijenoord. Feyenoord won their first Eredivisie trophy in 1924 and 75 years later they clinched their 14th domestic trophy, finishing the season 15 points clear of second-placed Willem II. De Trots van Zuid play their home games at De Kuip and the capacity of the venue is 51 117.
The club’s fiercest rivals are Ajax and the two teams face each other in der Klassieker. The likes of Craig Bellamy, Gerrard Fox, Wouter Bos and Raemon Sluiter are notable supporters of the club. It is well known that football legends Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit and Peter Houtman all played for Feyenoord in the past. De Trots van Zuid play their home games in red-white shirts and black shorts.