Even if their defeats away to Feyenoord and against AZ Alkmaar were expected at the re-start of Eredivisie, players of Heerenveen didn’t show much in their next two matches either. It was a loss away to Sittard and a 1:1 game against Venlo last time out.
This time they completely deserved the victory, however, efficiency was nowhere close to the standards of Eredivisie. They simply missed too much, even if the result alone, could have been a big margin victory on some other day. They now remain five points behind the playoff zone and it’s difficult to imagine them missing again that much soon.
Goalkeeper Hahn (20/0) should miss this game due to injury, as well as defender Hoegh (3/0) and midfielder Ras (3/0).
Feyenoord is looking really fine during the season, especially since the rest of the season as they have three consecutive victories in Eredivisie, scoring three goals in each match. Their victory over Emmen was especially effective and authoritative last weekend when the team looking too dangerous with the ball in their possession.
They are now on a run of five victories in a row in Eredivisie and are looking like a real third force of Dutch football this season – still, seven points behind Champions League placed AZ Alkmaar. Despite good momentum in Eredivisie, no doubt that Cup game remains of huge importance to them as well.
Left-back Haps (13/2) remains a long-term absentee for the visitors. Midfielder Kokcu (18/2) is out injured also.
This is one of the rare chances for Heerenveen to improve their atmosphere and bring some joy to their fans – also to fight for the European exit. Even so, it’s the guests who remain a firm favorite to get the progress here, being even more effective and reliable in the attack.
On the other side, neither of them looks that impressive at the back and knowing it’s a Cup game, the defensive approach is very unlikely from the first minute.