Feyenoord and Wolfsberger AC meet at Stadion Feijenoord, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never met before. Wolfsberger AC presents considerable differences in their results at home and away, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team comes to this 2nd round of Group K after a draw in their debut in this group stage, against Dinamo Zagreb, by (0‑0). This is a team that presents similar results at home and away, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses as a visitor; against 10 victories, 4 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a draw against RKC Waalwijk by (2‑2). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Feyenoord won 7 and drew 3. In their home matches there is a tendency to score goals, as 41 of their last 45 matches have ended with Over 1.5 goals and 32 in 45 have finished with Over 2.5 goals. In 15 games, they conceded the first goal 5 times, but got the comeback in 2.
Feyenoord arrives for this match with a 2-2 draw, on the trip to the Waalwijk field, in a match that counts for the Dutch Championship. Considering that the Dutch drew against Dynamo Zagreb in the first round of the Europa League. Usually, Dick Advocaat’s coach favors maintaining ball possession and organized attacks: João Carlos Teixeira is one of those responsible for inventing and creating the team’s offensive process. On the other hand, Steven Berghuis is the best scorer of this Feyenoord team with 6 goals in 7 official matches. For this match, the home team cannot count on Nicolai Jorgensen, Leroy Fer, Robert Bozenik, Sven van Beek and Luis Sinisterra, all with physical problems.
The away team plays its second match in Group K, after having drawn (1‑1) in their first match in this group stage, against CSKA Moskva. This is a team that curiously tends to achieve more positive results as a visitor than at home, since in the last 30 games they have recorded 6 victories, 5 draws and 4 defeats as a visitor, with 31 goals scored and 24 suffered; against 5 victories, 5 draws and 5 defeats in his stadium, with 28 goals scored and 27 suffered. The team comes to this match after a home loss against Rapid Wien by (3‑4). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Wolfsberger AC won 4, tied 3 and lost 3. Their defense has not been very strong, since they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their attack has scored regularly as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games.
The Wolfsberger AC team begins this match with a 3-4 loss to Rapid Vienna, in a match that counts towards the Austrian Championship. It should be noted that the visitors drew 1-1 against CSKA in the first game of the Europa League. Now, in this match against Feyenoord, coach Ferdinand Feldhofer must opt for a defensive strategy, with a low blocking, looking only for the counterattack. Midfielder Michael Liendl is one of the Wolfsberger AC’s best weapons, and this player is very important in the team’s style of play. Outside of this game are Sven Sprangler, Manuel Kuttin, Dario Vizinger, Lukas Schöfl and Guram Giorbelidze, all with physical problems.