Preview KRC Genk – KVC Westerlo

Visiting the authoritarian Limburg leader in a midweek match. A match in which anything goes but nothing must. Our Kemphans are looking to have a quiet season and have already taken the scalp from Club Brugge, Standard and Anderlecht at the moment. Will Genk be the fourth in line and will we be the giant killers? 

KVC Westerlo

Thirteen out of fifteen, including games against two teams from the G6: Anderlecht and Club Brugge and a trip to Charleroi. Surely a very nice run by coach Jonas De Roeck and his technical staff. Our coach already selected 25 players this season. Of that number, 23 of them were allowed to start games. Bolat, Seigers and De Cuyper already did so in every match. Our top shooter is South African Lyle Foster. With five goals and two assists, he is also the player most involved in a goal. Maxim De Cuyper, in turn, is our best assist player with his four.

Did you know.

  • When Lyle Foster scores, we have a 90% winning percentage
  • Of the team that played on the first match day against Cercle Brugge, only three players are currently in the starting line-up
  • We have nine players who have a market value higher than €1 million, that of these, one player also featured with us last season (De Cuyper), and that the rest are all acquisitions: Akbunar, Chadli, Reynolds, Gumuskaya, Mineiro, Tagir, Bolat and Nene
  • We haven’t lost yet with Halil, Lucas M and Nacer in the starting line-up

KRC Genk

The Genkies are on a good run. Last weekend,with one man down, a win in Leuven, then you are on a good run. Since the arrival of former player Wouter Vrancken as coach, things have only gone crescendo for the miners’ team. They lost to Club Brugge on matchday one at the last second, followed by five wins in a row, a scoreless draw in the derby against STVV and another run of five three-pointers. Remarkably, the coach did this with only 14 different players in the starting line-up. If you know that Luca Oyen then suffered a serious injury on matchday one, you come to the conclusion that he always starts with the same guys. Nine players are sure of their places: Belgians Vandevoordt, Heynen, Trésor and El Khannouss, the four defenders Munoz, Cuesta, McKenzie and Arteaga and midfielder Hrosovsky. Four players are vying for those last two spots: Paintsil, Onuachu, Németh and Preciado.  Preciado got red in Leuven and we assume the first two will play.

Did you know?

  • Mike Trésor was involved in 44% of Genk’s goals. He scored five himself and also provided seven assists.
  • Mexican left-back Gerardo Arteaga received his fifth yellow card against Leuven and thus has to serve a day of suspension
  • Right-back Daniel Munoz in his 92 appearances for Genk, gave no fewer than 17x the decisive assist
  • The name of their stadium will be assigned to a sponsor. Currently it is named after IT company Cegeka, before that it was Luminus and Cristal, and in the early years (1988 merger) their stadium was called the Thyl Gheyselinck and Fenix Stadium.

Arthur Denil

The 25-year-old Denil made his senior league debut last season at Kortrijk’s Guldensporen Stadium (1-1 against Beerschot). This was followed by five more games in 1A and five in 1B. This season he was appointed to lead the top match in 1B between Beerschot and Beveren and was allowed to lead four matches in 1A, including Charleroi against Westerlo (2-3). In total it will be the tenth time he has been allowed to whistle a match of ours, in the past we lost only once (Lommel 2-1).  He previously whistled one Genk match (0-2 win over Seraing), so this will be his first match at the Cegeka Arena.

Text & Statistics: Peter Boons

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Team Pnt
KRC Genk 46
Union 36
Antwerp 35
Club Brugge 33
KAA Gent 30
KVC Westerlo 26
Standard 25
OH Leuven 25
Cercle Brugge 25
STVV 23
Anderlecht 20
Charleroi 19
KV Mechelen 18
KV Oostende 17
KAS Eupen 16
Zulte Waregem 13
KV Kortrijk 12
RFC Seraing 11

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