Bryan Ruiz has predicted that Fulham will have to defend well when they play his former club FC Twente in Thursday’s Europa League Group K clash at De Grolsch Veste.
The Costa Rican winger is ineligible to line up for Martin Jol’s Cottagers, who are 11/4 with bookmaker to win the match, because he played in Europe for Twente prior to joining Fulham at the end of August.
However, Ruiz believes Fulham, who are 28/1 to win the Europa League this season, can secure a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
He said: “I think they will play very offensive because, when Twente play at home, they normally do that. They will try to press us and try to keep the ball, that’s one of the qualities Twente have.
“I think we can win the game but we have to be really focused, defend well and also keep the ball when we have it. I think for sure we’ll have chances so we have to convert the chances we create.”