Our prediction for this match:
Feyenoord and Southampton face each other in Rotterdam in a highly-anticipated pre-season friendly. De Trots van Zuid have been struggling at the back in July warm-up games, with the team conceding six goals in total in back-to-back losses to the likes of Salzburg and Panathinaikos. Nonetheless, despite struggling in pre-season, coach Jaap Stam is likely to stick to his rotation policy against Southampton.
The Saints, on the other hand, recorded a routine 3-1 win over Preston at the weekend and, to make things even better for the fans, the Premier League side rolled over Guangzhou R&F 4-0 on Tuesday. Considering that Feyenoord do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of Sunday’s friendly at Stadion Feijenoord, away win should be considered. Experienced attacker Danny Ings has found his goal-scoring touch of late, meaning that the opposition defender should have him at bay.
Highlighted Player (Cuco Martina):
Cuco Martina is a Dutch-born footballer who plays for Curacao national football team. Martina was raised by his mother in the suburbs of Rotterdam and he began his youth career in his home-town club Feyenoord. In 2008 the pacey full back signed a contract with RBC Roosendaal and he made 68 appearances in the league for the club.
Cuco Martina played for fellow Dutch clubs RKC and Twente as well before joining Premier League side Southampton on July 7, 2015. He signed a two-year contract with the Saints and he made his Premier League debut in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, coming as a substitute at half time. Martina scored his first goal for Southampton on December 26, 2015 in a 4-0 victory over Arsenal.
The 185-cm-tall right back made his Curacao debut on August 9, 2011 against Dominican Republic. It has to be noted that the Southampton man represented Curacao in both 2014 and 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.