Our prediction for this KNVB Cup match:
A spot in the KNVB Beker semis will be at stake when Heerenveen and Feyenoord face each other at Abe Lenstra Stadion. De Superfriezen aim to bounce back from a heavy 4-1 loss to RKC Waalwijk, but they will have a big fish to fry against the Eredivisie leaders. Sydney van Hooijdonk should continue to lead the line for the hosts after finding the net in the last league match, while both Andries Noppert and Sven van Beek are sidelined with injuries.
The Rotterdammers, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning run in the national championship. Feyenoord looked sharp in front of goal in a 4-2 win over Fortuna Sittard, and given Heerenveen’s shaky defence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. All Quinten Timber, Patrik Walemark, Justin Bijlow, and Sebastian Szymanski should miss out with injuries, speaking of the away team.
Highlighted Player (Alireza Jahanbakhsh):
Born in Jirandeh, Iran on August 11 1990, Alireza Jahanbakhsh is a footballer who plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. Before AZ, Jahanbakhsh played for NEC in the Eredivisie, but he began his youth career at Payam Alborz Qazvin. Speaking of his senior debut, he made it with Damash Tehran in the 2010/2011 season.
In 2011 he moved to fellow Iranian club Damash Gilan and it has to be noted that he scored 10 goals in 44 appearances in the league for the club. The AZ Alkmaar winger, who is used as an attacking midfielder as well, scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie in the 2017/2018 season. Speaking of his international career, Alireza JahanBakhsh scored two goals for Iran on the road to Russia and he will represent his homeland at the 2018 FIFA world cup finals.
Due to his style of play, Jahanbakhsh has always been compared to legendary Iranian footballer Mehdi Mahdavikia.
Highlighted Team (Heerenveen):
Heerenveen is a Dutch football club that is well known for their white shirts with blue stripes. De Superfriezen (The Super Frisians) play home matches at Abe Lenstra Stadium, which has the capacity of 26,400 people.
Heerenveen have yet to win the Eredivisie title, but they impressed in the 1999/00 season, with the team finishing the process in second position in the standings. Thanks to a top-two finish, the club booked their place in the Champions League. Heerenveen, though, recorded only one in the group stages of the elite competition as they defeated Olympiakos 1-0 at home ground. De Superfizien retain a fierce rivals with Cambuur, and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two teams.
It has to be noted that Heerenveen won the Dutch Cup in the 2008/09 season, with the team beating Twente on penalties in the title game. New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech played for Heerenveen at the start of his senior career.