Zwolle ended the previous year in a poor run, having three games without a victory, most recently suffering 2:0 defeat away to Venlo. They actually had no real chance, since the team played with a man less already after twenty-six minutes. During the break, they had a 1:1 draw against Nurnberg and a 3:1 defeat to Leverkusen.
Feyenoord ended the previous year with a 2:2 draw away to Den Haag. They were actually better and had the lead, however playing with a man less in the last twenty minutes was simply too much. The side lost to Dortmund 2:1 and won over Karlsruher 4:2 during the January break.
Zwolle misses injured midfielders Hamer (12/0) and Genreau (10/0), also forward Scamacca (8/0). Goalkeeper Boer (4/0) is suspended. The visiting side has right back Nieuwkoop (8/0) suspended, while injured are defender Botteghin (10/1) and right back St. Juste (13/1).
Zwolle have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 home matches against Feyenoord.
Feyenoord is now in a must-win situation after taking a point in last two games and should appear attacking from the first minute in this one. Zwolle is also in search for a positive outcome, something that should open and spice up the game from the beginning.