Our prediction for this Europa League match:
De Kuip will be the centre of attention when Feyenoord and Roma lock horns in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Rotterdammers are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions and they must be high on confidence following a win in the Rotterdam derby. The likes of Bijlow, Zechiel, van den Belt, and Trauner should miss out with injuries, while Quinten Timber is a major doubt.
The Giallorossi, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-2 loss to Inter, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on the Eredivisie champions, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Evan Ndicka is unlikely to feature in Thursday’s clash as the defender represented Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations final at the weekend, while Tammy Abraham remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury.
Highlighted Player (Romelu Lukaku):
Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli, born on 13th of ay 1993 is a Belgian player with roots form Congo. Lukaku played for several youth teams before he got picked up by RSC Anderlecht. After playing for only 2 seasons for Anderlecht Chelsea picked him up for around12 million euro.
Lukaku was never able to get a spot in the starting eleven of Chelsea and after playing for WBA he moved to Everton for approximately 35 million euro.Lukaku made his debut in February 2010 by the age of 16 and is one of the youngest players that player for the highest Belgian national team.
The biggest achievement of Lukakui is winning the Eerste klasse in Belgium and the English FA Cup. With his strength and goal scoring abilities Lukaku can be considered as one of the deadliest strikers of the world. Nicknames for Lukaku are Big Rom and the Tank.
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.