Feyenoord just started their season when they opened at home with a 2-2 draw against Sparta Rotterdam in the derby. Their pre season form unfortunately continued into the home opener, and overall a disappointing run of result remain ongoing for now.
Jaap Stam is in charge of the Dutch side, but form wise there is a lot to be improved. Feyenoord have now conceded in 7 straight matches, which includes pre-season but have also scored in all but one. However they are winless in five straight matches leading into this Europa League match. It has otherwise been a quiet transfer window as only significant player Tonny Vilhena left for Krasnodar, and replaced with Leroy Fer from Swansea. It is obviously a big club with a lot of skilled players, but as said, missing the sharpness this early on the season due to lack of competitive matches.
It is a team who have been involved in fairly goal crazy matches lately and seems like they are still looking for their identity. The fast paced attacking football is of course a known weapon, but in their first European game this season coming up with the away goal to look out for, it leaves some question marks of how ready this team is. Of course, media and experts would expect a blow out against Dinamo Tbilisi but I want to issue a warning for that kind of thinking, because it is not a pushover opponent
The hosts have some concerns absence wise, as midfielder Jens Toornstra, center back Sven Van Beek and main striker Nicolai Jorgensen did not play against Sparta due to injuries.
Dinamo Tbilisi is a classic club who has mainly been carrying the Georgian representation in Europe in recent years. This is however the first time that they look very sharp at this time of the year, and much of it is due to their Spanish coaching duo in Félix Vicente Miranda and Xisco. After 8 wins in the last 8 matches, and 24:1 in goal difference, you can imagine the preparations could not have looked any better. Even if this is partly against domestic opposition, and some lower standard Europa League opponents in Engordany (Andorra) and Gabala (Azerbaijan) the confidence is flying high.
For many players, this is a trip of a lifetime and could carry a few mental blocks along the way. The stadium will be noisy and overall it is a different experience for a Georgian team. They possess a few threats, namely winger Levan Shengelia who used to play in Belgium, and a few more unknown but surprisingly sharp domestic players with individual qualities. They are more technical than their status and can definitely make some harm if space is given. Not least, they are well coached and the harmony in the club is where it should be.
The visitors have a healthy squad at their disposal.
Tvmoca propose : Feyenoord (-1.5AH)