Verbeek warning over Roda clash

BY foxsports • February 19, 2010

Heracles can narrow the gap to fourth-placed Feyenoord to four points with a sixth away win of the Eredivisie season on Friday night. Roda's focus on the other hand is on avoiding the drop - they are two points above the bottom three - but Verbeek feels they will still be dangerous opponents. "Roda have started well after the winter break," he said on Heracles' official website. "They have strengthened, and up front Anouar Hadouir has a free role which is difficult to play against. "Roda are playing with great self-confidence. They play good football but don't get the rewards for it." The top four are all in action on Sunday. Leaders PSV Eindhoven, who are away to Hamburg in the Europa League tonight, host Sparta Rotterdam looking to make it four straight league wins and retain their three-point advantage over FC Twente. Fred Rutten's side have dropped points in just four games this term and have conceded only one league goal since November. Steve McClaren's Twente have stuttered since the winter break but came from behind to beat Vitesse Arnhem with two late goals last time out and will be looking for another win when they host Willem II. Ajax, six points further back and in Europa League action against Juventus on Thursday night, are at home to Vitesse, while Feyenoord, another nine points back, welcome struggling ADO Den Haag, who could climb out of the bottom three with a win. Sixth-placed AZ Alkmaar will look to make it three victories in a row when they play VVV Venlo on Saturday. Elsewhere on Saturday, basement boys RKC Waalwijk will look to avoid falling further adrift when they host Heerenveen, FC Utrecht travel to NAC Breda and NEC Nijmegen take on FC Groningen.

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