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Man United vs Feyenoord Europa League Preview: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Key Stats, Betting Odds, Predictions

Manchester United will look to boost their faltering Europa League campaign at Old Trafford when they take on Feyenoord on Thursday night.

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United suffered a 2-1 loss at Fenerbahce in their last European match, which affected their hopes of qualification to the next rounds. The Old Trafford outfit is currently on the third place on the table with six points.

Feyenoord, with seven points to their credit, are on the second place behind group leaders Fenerbahce. Although they both have equal seven points, the Turkish side tops the group due to a better goal-difference.

The Dutch team has a better run of form than Manchester United, both in domestic as well as
European competitions. Feyenoord is on the summit of their domestic league table, and they are a point above Mourinho’s men in their Europa League group A.

When Feyenoord and Man Utd came across each other in the first leg, Feyenoord beat United 1-0 at their home.

KICK OFF

The match will be played at Old Trafford, Kick-off time 8:05 p.m. GMT/9:05 BST/1:35 IST.

TEAM NEWS

Manchester United – Jose Mourinho’s team is partly troubled by injury problems ahead of this clash.

Defender Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw will be watching the game from the stands as their respective injuries keep them out of the game. Mourinho’s midfield pillar Marouane Fellaini will also be unavailable for the selection due to his calf injury.

Eric Bailey hasn’t resumed training; a knee injury has kept him out of action for some time. His absence from the team may weaken the backline stability of Man United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the Saturday’s clash against Arsenal due to suspension, is likely to get a start in United’s lineup. His form has been incredible this season, and the Red Devils’ fan would love to see him in scoring sheet again.

Captain Wayne Rooney gave an impressive performance after coming off a bench against Arsenal. He may get a chance to start the match this time.

Feyenoord – Everything seems perfect for the Dutch team now as they currently lead their domestic league table. However, few injuries are of some concern for the manager, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.

Defenders Terence Kongolo and Sven van Beek are ruled out of this game following their hamstring and foot injuries, respectively.

Kenneth Vermeer, although not a first choice goalkeeper for the team, will be unavailable for selection due to an Achilles injury.

Manchester United: Predicted Line-up (4-3-2-1)
De Gea – Valencia, Jones, Bailey, Rojo – Pogba, Herera – Mata, Rooney, Rashford – Ibrahimovic
Feyenoord: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Jones – Van der Heijden, Nelom, Botteghin, Karsdorp – El Ahmadi, Kujit, Vilhena – Elia, Jorgensen, Toornstra

Man United vs. Feyenoord: Head-to-Head

Total game: One
Manchester United win: 0
Feyenoord win: One
Draw: 0

KEY  STATS                                                                                                                        Manchester United has only won four out of 12 their matches in the Europa League.

The Red Devils hasn’t won a single away match in Europa League this season, their both wins came at the Old Trafford.

Feyenoord has lost only one match to leaders Fenerbahce in this year’s Europa League campaign.

There have been scored under 2.5 goals in Feyenoord’s last four Europa League matches.

PREDICTIONS

Manchester United desperately wants a win to keep their qualification hopes alive. This is one of the crucial matches for Mourinho’s men, where they will need to show their true quality. The Red Devils lost the previous match against Feyenoord 1-0, but they will look to overcome that misfortune.

A draw will keep the away side one point adrift of their counterparts, and a win will book their place in the knock-out round. Oozing confidence in Feyenoord players certainly will give Manchester United a tough time.They will try to win this match, and disappoint the home side.

Mourinho’s men look out of touch right now, but playing on their home soil might just ensure a victory this time.

Final Predicted Score: Manchester United 2-o Feyenoord

BETTING ODDS

Manchester United win: 4/11

A draw: 7/2

Feyenoord win: 8/1

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Feyenoord Suffer First Defeat In Dutch League

Deventer (Netherlands), Nov 7 (IANS) Feyenoord have suffered their first defeat of the Dutch Eredivisie season after losing 1-0 to Go Ahead Eagles here.

Without injured Karim El Ahmadi and Tonny Vilhena, whose mother died last week, Feyenoord didn’t look their best in Sunday’s match.

The home team dominated and took the lead in the 30th minute. Jan-Arie van der Heijden lost the ball, Darren Maatsen profited and assisted the goal by Jarchinio Antonia, reports Xinhua.

Van der Heijden seemed to make up for his mistake with a heading goal in the first half. But referee Bas Nijhuis disallowed the goal for a handball by Steven Berghuis who gave the cross. TV images showed the decision was not correct.

Feyenoord worked hard to get back into the match but the better chances were for Go Ahead Eagles. For the first time this season and for the first time since February 14, Feyenoord lost in the Eredivisie.

Feyenoord’s main rivals also dropped points, with Ajax drawing 2-2 at AZ. Wout Weghorst opened the scoring for AZ in the 13th minute. He was alert on a deflected cross by Ridgeciano Haps, turned and found the net with a diagonal shot.

Despite a shot by Hakim Ziyech at the stroke of half-time, Ajax did not cause the home team any problems.

Ajax had a perfect start of the second part with Bertrand Traore curling in the equalizer. The Amsterdam-based Dutch record champions pushed on towards a second goal and captain Davy Klaassen tipped in to give Ajax the lead.

Ajax seemed on their way to victory but AZ came back to claim a point. Weghorst finished a counter attack for his second goal of the season.

Dirk Kuyt
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Kuyt earns Feyenoord late draw in Dutch Classic against Ajax

Rotterdam, Oct 23 (IANS) Dutch football league leaders Feyenoord drew 1-1 against traditional rivals Ajax here on Sunday, keeping a five-point gap at the top of the table.

Kasper Dolberg had given the Amsterdam side the lead before veteran Dirk Kuyt scored the equaliser for the home team Feyenoord in the 85th minute.

Feyenoord, which had won the first nine matches of the season, were the better team in the first half, but wasted several chances, reports Xinhua.

Bilal Basacikoglu had the best opportunity as the forward but failed to beat Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana in a one-on-one situation.

In the second half Ajax took control and in the 55th minute the visitors from Amsterdam scored. Hakim Ziyech crossed and Kasper Dolberg found the net after the 19-year-old striker beat Feyenoord defender Jan-Arie van der Heijden.

Feyenoord pushed Ajax back in the final phase and got the goal they wanted in the 85th minute. The 36-year-old captain Kuyt earned his team a draw in the most classic match of Dutch football, the first encounter between the long-time rivals this season.

After their first draw of the season Feyenoord now lead the standings with 28 points after 10 matches.

Michiel Kramer
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Late Kramer goal saves Feyenoord

The Hague, Oct 17 (IANS) After eight wins in a row Feyenoord was close to losing points at NEC in Nijmegen on Sunday, but Michiel Kramer earned the Dutch league leaders a late win.

Mohamed Rayhi gave the home team the lead in the ninth minute when he surprised Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones with a shot from outside the penalty area here on Sunday evening, reports Xinhua.

Despite pressure from the visitors, it took until the final quarter for the equaliser.

After substitute Steven Berghuis hit the post, Nicolai Jorgensen scored from the rebound. In injury time the Danish striker hit the post, but substitute Michiel Kramer headed in the winning goal (2-1).

Also on Sunday, Ajax beat ADO Den Haag 2-0 in The Hague. After a fine lob by Lasse Schone, Davy Klaassen gave Ajax the advantage in the first half, and Bertrand Traore secured the victory in the second.

On Saturday, PSV drew 1-1 at home against Heracles Almelo. Samuel Armenteros opened the scoring for Heracles, and four minutes from half-time Gaston Pereiro equalized. In the second half, the reigning champions failed to produce another goal. AZ and Vitesse drew 2-2 in Alkmaar on Saturday, while sc Heerenveen beat FC Groningen 3-0 in Groningen.

Feyenoord now lead the Eredivisie with the maximum of 27 points, followed by Ajax (22), sc Heerenveen (18), PSV (18) and AZ (16). Next week Feyenoord host Ajax in Rotterdam.

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Feyenoord vs Man United Preview: Team news, predicted line-ups, key stats, betting odds,prediction

Manchester United would be hoping to start their Europa Cup campaign on a winning note when they travel to the Netherlands to lock horns against Feyenoord. The Red Devils started their season on a high by winning their opening three games in the league but were defeated by Manchester City in the derby last weekend. More than the defeat, the way United were dominated will worry their boss Jose Mourinho who is looking to revive the fortunes of the English giants.

On the other hand, Feyenoord have started the season brilliantly and can cause an upset in front of the home supporters.

Team news:

Manchester United:

Jose Mourinho expressed his disappointment after the derby loss and hinted that he is ready to make changes in the team. He started Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard but both failed to impress and were substituted. Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford came on at half-time and put up a good show and the Portuguese tactician has said that Rashford will play the Europa League match.

“For me, the next big game is against Feyenoord,” said Mourinho. “He [Rashford] is going to play is the only thing I can say. I trust him completely and I know his future will be absolutely brilliant. He is mainly a no.9 and, if we want him to play in a different position, we need to work on him and improve him but his big personality is there.

“Normally, people look to the football talent but the personality at this level is very, very important and he was showing that last season, he was showing that immediately. He gave us in the second half what we needed but didn’t get from Micki or Jesse in the first half.

He also said that he is planning to rotate his squad and so the likes Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian can get a chance to play their first game for United this term.

Predicted line-up:

Romero (GK), Tuanzebe, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Fosu-Mensah, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial.

Feyenoord:

The Dutch outfit has kept a 100% record this season and has won its opening 5 games in the Eredivisie. Their last game was a 3-1 home win over ADO Den Haag on Sunday. With, Manchester United visiting them after a loss, they will fancy their chances of creating an upset.

Predicted line-up:

Brad Jones (GK), Rick Karsdorp, Eric Fernando Botteghin, Jan-Arie van der Heijden, Lucas Woudenberg, Dirk Kuyt, Karim El Ahmadi, Tonny Vilhena, Steven Berghuis, Nicolai Jorgensen, Jens Toornstra

Head to head:

Both teams have played twice before during the 97/98 Champions League. United came out on top on both the occasions as they won the 2 legs of the game. The last game between the two teams at Netherland ended 3-0 in favour of United.

Key Stats:

  • The Dutch club has lost the first home match in each of their previous three European campaigns.
  • Out of their opening five games, Feyenoord have scored at least four goals in three matches.

Betting odds:

Manchester  United win – 10/11

Draw – 23/10

Feyenoord win – 16/5

Kick-off Time: 15th September, 18:00 BST (22:20 IST)

Prediction:

Feyenoord 1-2 Manchester United

Dirk Kuyt Feynoord
Dirk Kuyt
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Feyenoord beat AZ Alkmaar to qualify for Dutch Cup final

Feyenoord Rotterdam have secured a berth in the final of the Dutch Cup football competition by beating AZ Alkmaar 3-1 here.

Feyenoord on Thursday dominated the first half and had the first major chance when Dirk Kuijt’s shot went over the goal after a cross by Eljero Elia. The hosts came in front after AZ midfielder Markus Henriksen put a corner by Tonny Vilhena in his own goal, reports Xinhua.

With Elia and Karim El Ahmadi wasting chances for Feyenoord the half-time score was 1-0. AZ had a perfect start of the second half. Only 22 seconds after half-time Henriksen equalised on behalf of the visitors.

This goal resulted in a more balanced and exciting second half. With Henriksen missing an opportunity and Dabney Dos Santos hitting the post the best chances were for AZ.

In the 78th minute Michiel Kramer handed Feyenoord the lead again after finishing a cross by Jens Toornstra. Seven minutes later captain Kuijt secured the 3-1 victory by converting a penalty, which was awarded for a foul by Ron Vlaar on Terence Kongolo.

The win led to an explosion of joy in Rotterdam. The Feyenoord fans have not celebrated a trophy since the Dutch Cup of 2008. The last championship was in 1999. Coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team is currently third in the Dutch league and out of the title race after a bad run in 2016.

With the Cup final on April 24 in their own De Kuip stadium, Feyenoord will have a new chance for success. The opponent will be FC Utrecht, who beat amateur side VVSB 3-0 on Wednesday.