Our prediction for this Europa League match:
It has been 17 years since Rangers and Feyenoord last faced each other in the Europa League. Back then Feyenoord defeated Rangers in the two-legged tie and, no doubt, the Gers are determined to get their revenge on the Dutch outfit. Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is doing a magnificent job with the Scottish outfit and seeing that over the years they have turned their Ibrox Stadium, it is no surprise the hosts are seen as slim favourites to win their Europa League opener.
Feyenoord are tough to beat at home, but Jaap Stam’s troops often struggle on the travels and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Rangers’ party in Glasgow. A man to watch in the home team will be Alfredo Morelos, who helped the Gers book their place in the Europa League group stages thanks to a late goal in the win over Legia.
Highlighted Player (Andy King):
Born in Barnstaple, England on 29 October 1988, Andy King is a Welsh professional footballer famous for only representing one club in his career. The midfielder had began his youth career at Chelsea, but moved to Leicester in 2004 and he was handed his first professional contract in May 2007.
He has since represented Foxes in League One, Championship and the Premier League, making over 300 league appearances and scoring more than 55 goals in the process. While he was not exactly a first team regular during the 2015/2016 season that will forever remained etched in the memory of Leicester City fans, King made over 20 league outings to help the Foxes lift the coveted trophy for the first time in history.
Meanwhile, he has made more than 30 appearances for the Welsh national team, starting no fewer than five games as the Dragons secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals.
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.