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Team Lommel SK
Lommel is on a strong run. In 2021 they have already played four times in their own Soevereinstadion. They won every time! The goal difference also speaks for itself. They put eleven goals in the enemy’s net, but also conceded seven.
Goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw was given his first appearance in the team’s previous encounter at De Kuipje. Regular goalkeeper Svedkauskas was the victim of a corona infection, so the English Manchester City mercenary came into the goal. Coach Manning is apparently very satisfied with his performance.
About the quartet of rearguard players, there is always a nice factoid. At right back is the Icelander Kolbeinn Thordarson. The son of Thor was the number 10 in the team at the start of the season. After the loss of right back Jonathan Hendrickx, who left for Iceland, the coach was looking for a replacement. He found that in his own core. Central defender Glenn Neven was also placed at right back. Glenn scored the equaliser for his team in ’t Kuipje and had a second goal disallowed. It was time to watch out for this true club player in the stagnant moments. He has scored four times already in standard situations.
Laurent Lemoine is the other central defender. He is the player who has already amassed the most playing minutes (1800 mins) for the team this season. He missed one game due to a yellow-card suspension. On the left side is Kevin Kis. He is the one who provides the most assists (5) for the Limburgers. In midfield, we find Vinicius Souza, Robin Henkens and Arno Verschueren. Vinicius is the breaker, Robin is the builder and Arno is the player in form. In the last three games, the ex-Kemphaan has scored each time and also gave away one assist.
Top marksman Manfred Ugalde (11 goals) will not be there. He is with the Olympic team of his country (Costa Rica) looking for a ticket for the games in Tokyo. He will be in Mexico until 1 April to prepare the qualification matches for this tournament. He will be replaced by Jordan Attah Kadiri. This Nigerian striker celebrated his 21st birthday last Thursday. Currently, he has 2 goals and 1 assist.
On the right wing is the best player in our league. Who would not want Marlos Moreno in his team? Dribbling and constantly creating a threat. Only his statistics could be improved. He has scored four times and twice the final decisive pass came from his foot. Anass Zaroury is on the left wing. In terms of goal share, this young Belgian scores high. He was involved in 24% of the goals. Only Ugalde (31%) does better.
Team KVC Westerlo
Last season we were the best pupil of the class in away games. This season, we just can’t seem to get it right away away. Only twice the full spoils were brought back to the Kuipje. The last time was on 28 November. We won on the pitch at Lierse by 0-1, after a gift from referee Maarten Toeback. Hopefully the damage will not be too bad after Seraing, but we fear a longer inactivity of our captain, Lukas Van Eenoo.
Goalkeeper Berke Özer will be looking for his ninth clean sheet of the season in his favourite dark blue outfit. The last three games, coach Peeters opted for the same foursome at the back. Swiss international under-age Léo Seydoux is the most attacking of the four. This indefatigable right back keeps mopping up his right wing for 90 minutes. Christophe Janssens has an excellent mentality. At the start of the season, he had to settle for a place in the stands. However, Christophe kept working hard and did not give up. As a result, he now replaces Kouya Mabea on the left wing. Noël Soumah and Pietro Perdichizzi look after the central part of the defence.
The key question is who will replace captain Lukas Van Eenoo. The injury he sustained in Seraing seemed serious. Or a miracle should happen that he is match fit. The most logical replacement is Fabien Antunes. Against Seraing, he had to be content with a place in the stands. Afterwards, our coach regretted that he had chosen this option. However, maid of all work, Igor Vetokele did an excellent job in this unusual spot for him. Igor is also a paragon of commitment. Always down to earth. The supporters also appreciated him. After the match, he was crowned Man Of The Match.
On the wings, Seraing had Baris Alici and Kurt Abrahams. Both had a very difficult time. Looking at the match statistics afterwards, you noticed that both had the least number of ball contacts of the team. Tuur Dierckx and Freddy Plumain are again knocking on the window to get into the team. Atabey Ciçek is deep in the striker’s box. He has already scored 11 goals. He scored after just one minute at the Stade du Pairay, after some wonderful preparatory work by Igor Vetokele. If the striker is pushed back a row, the logical replacement will be Ambroise Gboho.
Next Kemphans could already score in some previous confrontations: Lukas Van Eenoo(6x), Kurt Abrahams(3x), Atabey Ciçek(2x) and Maxime Biset(1x)
Lommel SK At home
26 goals for
18 goals against
Biggest win: 4-0 against RWDM
Biggest loss: 3-5 against Seraing
KVC Westerlo away
12 goals for
13 goals against
Biggest win: 0-2 against Seraing
Biggest defeat: 3-1 against RWDM