Feyenoord seeking Ajax scalp

BY foxsports • January 29, 2010

Feyenoord take on Ajax in the Eredivisie's big match this weekend hoping to build on their impressive cup win over PSV Eindhoven.

The Rotterdammers ended the league leaders' 39-match unbeaten run with a 3-0 victory in the KNVB Beker quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Coach Mario Been said: "PSV are currently the strongest team of the Netherlands so this win should give us great strength. I'm really looking forward to Sunday's clash with Ajax."

Ajax go into the match one place and four points above their rivals in third and have captain Luis Suarez back from suspension.

PSV will aim to bounce back when they travel to Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.

The Eindhoven club take a two-point lead into the match and have been boosted by the return to training of Timmy Simons and Orlando Engelaar.

Brazilian striker Jonathan Reis has left the club after testing positive for a banned substance. Second-placed FC Twente will look to get back to winning ways in the league against Roda JC after a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Sparta Rotterdam in the KNVB Beker this week. Steve McClaren's side have dropped off the top of the table after goalless draws with FC Utrecht and FC Groningen following the winter break. They are likely to be without Nashat Akram (thigh) and Cheick Tiote (African Nations Cup) for the clash with the 12th-placed side. Champions AZ Alkmaar will tackle FC Groningen with coach Dick Advocaat sat in the crowd after being given a one-match touchline ban this week. Advocaat was sent to the stands during last Sunday's Eredivisie game at Ajax following comments he made towards the referee. On the pitch, AZ, who are down in seventh, will be without suspended duo Hector Moreno and Kew Jaliens while left-back Sebastien Pocognoli has joined Standard Liege. Groningen, meanwhile, have loaned Michael Jansen to Go Ahead Eagles for the rest of the season. Fifth meet sixth in Utrecht, with visitors Heracles Almelo hoping to return to winning ways after last week's defeat by Vitesse and stay above their opponents. Heracles are set to welcome back defender Peter Reekers after he missed the Vitesse loss with a knee injury. For Utrecht, Jacob Mulenga could return after Zambia lost in the African Nations Cup quarter-finals on Monday. The weekend's fixtures kick off tomorrow night with a meeting of the bottom two clubs, Willem II and RKC Waalwijk, in Tilburg. William Pereira Marlon is suspended for Willem II but defender Frank van der Struijk could make his second debut after re-signing on loan from Vitesse. Basement boys RKC, who are trying to avoid an immediate return to the second tier, know victory in the derby clash would lift them above their rivals. NEC Nijmegen were left counting the cost of their cup defeat by Ajax ahead of Saturday's meeting with Sparta Rotterdam after Jeroen Heubach and Jeffrey Sarpong were both shown red cards. Sparta could include a new face in their side after today recruiting defender Milano Koenders on loan from AZ for the rest of the season. Both teams are looking to climb away from the danger zone, with hosts NEC starting the match three points behind their opponents in 15th. NAC Breda will be without Pim Bouwman for their match against VVV Venlo on Saturday as he starts a three-game ban while Leonardo is also suspended. Rob Penders is also likely to miss out following surgery to repair a broken nose while Matthew Amoah is with Ghana at the African Nations Cup. VVV, meanwhile, have opted not to offer a contract to Ognjen Radulovic following a trial. Heerenveen have injury problems as they prepare for Saturday's trip to face struggling ADO Den Haag. The Frisians will definitely be without Arnor Smarason, Geert Roorda and Kenny Steppe while goalkeeper Brian Vandenbussche is also struggling with a back problem. Czech striker Michal Papadopulos is also set to miss out. The hosts, who are only three points off the bottom, are without Aleksandar Rankovic and Mitchell Pique through injury while Pascal Bosschaart and Christian Kum are suspended. Andres Oper could make his debut.

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