STVV – KVC Westerlo

The pre-written scenario for the game against Standard was ideal. Kuipje was completely sold out for this six-point match for the third time this season. Who else was it the cold-blooded Nicolas Madsen managed to hit from the eleven-metre mark and the rocket, which Griffin Yow fired, towards the Liege goal was phenomenal.

KVC Westerlo

A euphoric weekend – with 2 deserved days off – suffered a setback during the past week. Romeo Vermant injured himself at Tuesday training and will consequently be out for a few weeks. With two more strikers on the sidelines, the front line becomes very thin with four finals to go (STVV, Charleroi, Mechelen and Genk).

Historically, STVV is a team that suits us well and the club from Haspengouw is the first division team we have played against most often (50). Only against Lokeren (54) have we had more games. Last season we recorded a 0-1 victory there, after a converted penalty goal by Maxim De Cuyper, following a foul on Bryan Reynolds.


  • Most playing minutes: Bryan Reynolds (1998 min)
  • Most starting places: Bryan Reynolds (23x)
  • Most often substituted: Griffin Yow (11x)
  • Most often substituted: Do Haspolat (11x)
  • Top marksman: Nicolas Madsen (12)
  • Assist king: 7 players with 2: Yow, Vermant, Van Den Keybus, Rommens, Bayram, Chadli and Reynolds
  • 52.5% of our goals are scored between minute 60 and 95.
  • Away: 2x won, 7x draw and 4x lost
  • Away: 20 goals scored and 23 goals against


The Daio Wasabi Stayen Stadion will be celebrating on Saturday. The Truienaars are celebrating their centenary and of course there will be festivities on the programme. Matte Smets – interested in AA Gent during the winter mercato – already let it be noted that they want to start this celebration with a win against Westerlo.

The Limburgers’ season can already be called successful. Under the leadership of German coach Fink, they can surely be called one of the revelations. One of the characteristics is that they came on the mat with the same 10 basic players almost all season: Belgians Smets, Delorge-Knieper, Van Helden, Godeau and Steuckers, Japanese Suzuki and Ito, Frenchman Bocat and Mauritanian Koita. Hashioka was transferred to Premier League club Luton Town in the winter break. Only in the position of deepest striker, Kaya and Zahiroleslam had already been swapped and an alternative was sought in January, which was found in Adriano Bertaccini, who managed to score 11 times for Challenger Pro League club FC Liege. They also scored a lot of goals in the last quarter of the game (37.5%)

Brent Staessens

  • Affiliated to VK Tielrode
  • 27 years old
  • Referee since 2016
  • First division debut: 14/12/2021
  • Westerlo this season: 2x – at home against Mechelen 2-3 and at Kortrijk 1-2
  • Win percentage with him: 70%

Text and statistics: Peter Boons