Preview KVCW – Anderlecht
Losing against the leaders – like last week – who made the difference at the right moments, is no disgrace. It is of course a pity for our Kemphans that we got off the bus without any points. Now, on Sunday, another team from the G6 comes to the Kuipje. The prestigious Anderlecht will be doing quite well, with the result that the Kuipje will once again be sold out.
On deadline day, we welcomed two more newcomers. Our club made great efforts to contact Red Devil Nacer Chadli to the Kempen. On Sunday, he can make his debut against the only Belgian team he has ever played professional football for, as he has been travelling abroad since his youth. First at the modest Dutch clubs like MVV, AGOVV and then a transfer to FC Twente. What follows is quite impressive: Tottenham, West Bromwich, Monaco, Anderlecht and since September 2020 he was at Basaksehir. Meanwhile, he was called up 83 times for our Red Devils, and everyone remembers his legendary goal against Japan in 2018, when as a substitute in minute 94 he scored the goal that eliminated the Asian team in the 16th finals of the then World Cup.
Did you know?
- In 2010, Nacer was called up by the then coach of Morocco, Eric Gerets, to play a (friendly) match against Northern Ireland and that Georges Leekens did the same on behalf of the KBVB three months later, so he became a Red Devil for the first time in a match against Finland.
- The second newcomer in the yellow and blue colours is Brazilian Lucas da Silva Izidoro, nicknamed Lucas Mineiro. The 26-year-old defensive midfielder is on loan from Portuguese club Sporting Braga for one year. There he made 33 appearances, distributed over 8 base positions and 25 substitutes.
- Lucas played nine matches in the Europa League last season, including the quarter-final against the later finalist Rangers FC.
- This week Jan Bernat and Lukas Van Eenoo also had a surgery and together with Erdon Daci they are the only players who cannot be selected.
- Bart Goor, one of our T’s, has donned the Anderlecht shirt no less than 310 times, scoring 50 goals and providing 30 assists. Nice detail here too is that he knows Het Kuipje like the back of his hand. In six matches between them on Kempish soil, these were the results: (2-2) (6-0) (5-0) (2-2) (2-1) (3-4). In other words, Bart could only win once.
- Of course, everybody knows that our coach Jonas De Roeck was also on Anderlecht’s payroll. He was coach of the U21 (2018-2019), assistant coach (96 games under 5 different coaches, namely Kompany, Vercauteren, Rutten, Belhocine and Davies) and on 4 October 2019 he was T1 once – as caretaker manager – in a game at Charleroi (1-2 win).
Sunday, the 24th edition of a Westerlo vs Anderlecht match is on the programme. This confrontation is still associated with the early years of our club in the First Division. In 1998, Anderlecht were sent home with a dry 6-0, in 2000 the champagne was already cold for them, but after the match, they were allowed to take the bottles back home, as it became 5-0. Afterwards, our Kemphans won three more times and drew five times in nineteen matches.
Anderlecht also recently introduced a Red Devil. Record international Jan Vertonghen came to reinforce the defence which, on paper, already looked nice. Zeno Debast and Hannes Delcroix are also part of the core of our national team. The acquisition in this transfer period was of course the Portuguese Fabio Silva. On the transfer market, he is worth no less than 15 million – if you know that our starting team at Antwerp together was worth 11.4 million… Fabio already showed some nice things and his statistics (12 games – 7 goals – 2 assists) are anything but bad.
On Thursday, Anderlecht played its first match in the Conference League against Silkeborg (1-0) at the Lotto Park. Coach Felice Mazzu chose the following team: captain Van Crombrugge in goal, at the back in a three-man defence Debast, Vertonghen and Hoedt, on the flanks Murillo and Amuzu, in the centre of midfield Ashimeri, Diawara and Ait El Hadj and as the deepest players he chose Refaelov and the already mentioned Fabio Silva. In the league, things are not really going smoothly yet and they are in eighth place. They won against Ostend (2-0), Seraing (3-1) and Sint-Truiden (0-3), lost against Cercle Brugge (1-0), Gent (0-1) and Union (2-1) and last week they played equal against OHL.
Did you know?
- Anderlecht currently scores most of their goals in the last quarter of the first half (27,3%) and that in general they score more before half-time (54,6%) than after.
Antwerp native Wim Smet is coming to Het Kuipje for the seventh time. In home matches, we have more luck with him than in away matches. We won at Het Kuipje against Lokeren (2-0), Cercle Brugge (1-0), Beerschot (2-0) and Deinze (3-0), we drew once against Kortrijk (1-1) and lost our only game against OHL (2-3). This game took place last year and was a match for the Belgian Cup. The last time Smet whistled an Anderlecht game on away grounds was also last season, when the Brussels club won 0-7 at Het Kiel.
Did you know: He took his first steps in football at Tubantia Borgerhout, where his then coach played him as left midfielder. That he particularly stood out there because of his tall stature and good left foot.
Text and statistics: Peter Boons