Preview KV Kortrijk – KVC WESTERLO

Game, set and match. Our Kemphians were outclassed by their Limburg neighbours. It was a Tuesday evening to quickly forget.  Straight our back, clear your heads and on to the next match, because it is coming soon.

KVC Westerlo

After a handsome thirteen out of fifteen, our fine run was halted by Genk. It became clear to us all why they are number one.  Now every chance they got in that first half, went in and then that penalty kick.  It was one of those nights where everything was against us. On the hour we had to continue with ten, because of that direct red card of Nene. Anyone who knows him personally knows that this was certainly not his intention to hurt an opponent. Coach Vrancken put a plaster on the wound during the press conference by saying that they had won against a strong team that dares to play football. There are teams that come here to build a wall and hardly play football. Westerlo does not do that, witness all the fine results they had achieved so far.

Compared to the home game against Seraing, coach De Roeck changed his team in two places in Genk. Fixelles and Dierckx replaced Akbunar and Lucas Mineiro.  In minute 63, he suddenly changed four players at the same time. I think this was unprecedented in a league game.

Did-you-know?

  • Our last win at the Golden Spurs Stadium dates back to September 2010.
  • In the 10 previous meetings in West Flanders, we lost five times and also drew four times.
  • We have 4 players in our core running with a Kortrijk past. Lukas Van Eenoo came to 54 appearances and 3 goals, Tuur Dierckx donned the red-white jersey 19 times in which he scored 5x, Mathias Fixelles recently played 22 games for the Kerels and our right-back Bryan Reynolds also scored once for Kortrijk in 9 games played.
  • If you want to see goals this season, you best go and watch a game of our Kemphans: we scored 23x ourselves – only Genk, Union and Antwerp do better – but also gave up 26 goals – only Eupen does worse in this respect-

KV Kortrijk

The West Flemish currently occupy the penultimate place in the standings. They also made a change of coach, replacing coach Belhocine with Bosnian Adnan Custovic on matchday 6. In his first game, he pulled off an important win, going down 0-1 in Eupen. At home against Anwerp he also won and recently went on to draw at Charleroi in extremis. However, in the other matches, with opponents Mechelen, Anderlecht, Genk and Zulte Waregem he went down the drain. 

He allowed five players to start in each match. In goal is Serbia’s backup goalkeeper Marko Ilic. He therefore stands a good chance of taking the plane to Qatar soon.

In defence, Japanese Tsuyoshi Watanabe and captain/left-back Kristof D’Haene were allowed to start in every match.  In midfield, we find another Japanese: Satoshi Tanaka, who also recently made his debut for his country’s U21.

And in attack is Didier Lamkel Zé. Who has never heard of that name in Belgium?

The other names who came to the kick-off in Charleroi on Tuesday are: Oleksiy Sych, the regular right-back of Ukraine’s U21, central defender Joao Silva, midfielders Habib Keita and Kevin Vandendriessche and strikers Billal Messaoudi and Pape Habib Gueye.

Did-you-know?

  • They could not score in the first quarter yet this season.
  • A real international was played at the Guldensporen Stadium on 25 March this year. South Africa – with Lyle Foster – then took on Guinea.

Wim Smet

For the 40-year-old from Antwerp, it will be his 14th match that he will whistle at the Guldensporenstadion. In the past, most notably on 3 October 2015, he has already whistled a meeting between the two teams once before. That night did involve a match at the Kuipje, which ended in a 1-1 draw . This season, our Kemphans got him as matchkeeper at Gent (2-1) and at home against Anderlecht (2-1).

Text and statistics: Peter Boons

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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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