Preview KVC Westerlo – RE Mouscron

Competition is more important than the Cup, we regularly heard after the midweek game against OHL.
True, but it was the way it hurt. Our Kemphanen dominated the Leuven troops, were still 2-1 in the 89th minute, and still lost.
Immediately the first home defeat after 395 days and 19 unbeaten matches in the Kuipje.
A game against Mouscron is on the menu on Sunday and what do we know about that?

Team Mouscron

Since the start of the season, it has been a bit of a mess in Hainaut. And then we are still mild. T2 Jeunechamps who resigns after a few matches. This is followed by coach Enzo Scifo, in his wake the Mpenza brothers, who were also in the sporting cell, have to leave Le Canonnier and finally the return of T2 Jeunechamps as head coach. He reorganizes the team, gets a nice 13 out of 15 and then the players go on strike. Why? Wages that were not paid. It is not ideal preparation, but the past has already shown that a group that has just gone on strike is not doing badly in sport.

As just said, Les Hurlus start the season dramatically. A 2 out of 24, to then make a nice remonte with Jeunechamps. In those 5 matches, 98% of the time the same players started kicking off. Nick Gillekens is in goal. He has taken the place of Congolese goalkeeper Mandanda. At the back is a French trio with a lot of experience. On the right is Frédéric Duplus (31 years old – 265 professional matches at Antwerp and Zulte Waregem, among others). In the middle we find Jérémy Taravel (34 years – 327 matches at Lokeren, Cercle Brugge, Zulte Waregem and AA Gent). On the left is ex-captain Dimitri Mohamed (32 years – 252 games). He played for only 2 clubs in his career: the French Amiens and since 2012 he can be found on and around the fields of Mouscron. The flanks are populated by Olivier Myny and again a Frenchman: Eric Junior Bocat. Central in the midfield is captain Christophe Lepoint, who kicked Lyle Foster out for several weeks in the previous meeting, and normally Marko Bakic. However, the latter had to appear before the review committee and was suspended for several weeks for his pants. His logical replacement could be called Calvin Dekuyper, although you never know with coaches.
The attack trio is formed by Lucas Ribeiro, Teddy Chevalier and Clément Tainmont. These 3 are the men who make the difference in those last 5 matches. Ribeiro scored 3x, Chevalier shook the net twice and gave the same number of assists, and Tainmont scored 1x, but gave 3 assists. So we know who to keep an eye on.

Did you know?
Mouscron has the most people over thirty in their ranks. No less than 1/3 of their group is 30 years or older.

KVC Westerlo

It’s a pitty. We specifically awaited the draw to publish this preview because we wanted to know which opponent we had hit. So a trip to the Club. Just flip the switch and keep going. Because on Wednesday we were (once again) the better team. In this midweek game we saw the first basic appearance from right back Remmer, and this after 9 months(!), and he put our Kemphanen ahead with a nice long shot. Mabea, who was excluded early – we often wonder why – will soon appear before the disciplinary committee, although referee Smet will also be consulted first. Lyle Foster, who came on as a substitute, had to leave the field early after problems with his hamstrings. Wonder if he’s ready to play.

We have currently played 16 matches (13 league and 3 cup). Two players kept kicking off and completed every minute: captain Lukas Van Eenoo and our other left leg Pietro Perdichizzi. Midfielder Thomas Van den Keybus and striker Kyan Vaesen were also allowed to make minutes in each of those 16 games.

Did you know?
Our group of players after the game against OHL were not allowed to take a shower. There was also a recovery training on the program.

5 last confrontations in the Kuipje

17.09.2016 KVCW-REM 1-3 ⚽️ Manias

27.02.2016 KVCW-REM 2-2 ⚽️ Cools and Henkens

04.04.2015 KVCW-REM 0-3

02.11.2014 KVCW-REM 1-3 ⚽️ Annys

17.11.2013 KVCW-REM 1-0 ⚽️ Molenberghs

Referee

Laurent Willems will try to steer this race in the right direction. We have never had him as race director this season. On the other hand, four times in the past. And it wasn’t that positive. In terms of result then. Three defeats, including 2x in the Kuipje: Beerschot (0-1) and Union (1-4). The victory with him fell exactly 1 year ago: December 6, 2020 we won 2-1 in the Kuipje van Lommel. It is remarkable that in those 4 games only 5 yellow cardboards were handed out.

Did you know?
The referee is affiliated with a team from 1A, namely KAS Eupen.

Text and statistics: Peter Boons

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