Feyenoord vs Dinamo Tbilisi for the Europa League qualifying match on Thursday at De Kuip Stadium.
The Eredivisie club kicked off the new national season this weekend. However, the Rotterdam club started by drawing 2-2 at home against Sparta Rotterdam. It was a city derby that Feyenoord dominated in all statistical parameters, yet failed to win. They had 65% of the ball and made a total of 15 goal attempts. Still, they were unable to grab their domain and get away with the three points.
The Georgian giants are leaving a great impression. They have won their last eight games in all competitions. Moreover, during this time, they conceded only one goal.
Though, it should be mentioned that teams like Bolnisi, UE Energy and Gabala should not be compared with Feyenoord. These are all teams Dinamo Tbilisi faced to win their place at this stage of the competition, but now they have a huge mountain to climb. However, they will try to score a goal that would eventually leave some room to try to fight in the tie.
25-year-old Central Sven van Beek suffered an ankle injury during last season’s friendly against Southampton. As a result, he will not be able to help his teammates on Thursday. Still, hosts must have more than enough options to choose from, including summer arrivals Fer Leroy, Kelly Liam and Narsingh Luciano.
Defensive midfielder Nika Ninua is the man to watch in the next matchup. The 20-year-old scored two goals in a 6- 0 win over Lokomotiv Tbilisi. He also scored one during European qualifiers and hopes to expand in his season.
These two teams have never met before. Nonetheless, the details provided above provides more than enough information. With a massive gulf in the class between the two sides, the quality of the squad and, ultimately, the home game advantage, there is no doubt that Feyenoord will win.
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