Preview KVCW – KAS Eupen

Last week, we got to admire a spectacle of the highest order. A regional derby spiced up with 9 goals, the neutral supporter could lick his lips. For our Kemphans, the result was disappointing, but cheer up and look forward to the next game in the Kuipje against Eupen.

KVC Westerlo

Under the watchful eye of national coach Roberto Martinez, our Kemphans played a memorable match last week. The score changed constantly for the better and for the worse, before finally tipping over to the Mechelen side. At the moment, we have the second best attack (11 goals – only Genk is doing better), but at the other end we have conceded the most goals except for two (only Standard and Eupen conceded more goals (12)). In fact, three of our strikers are averaging more than one goal per 90 minutes in the general goal scoring rankings. Real killers, as a colleague from one of the major newspapers told me. Lyle Foster is on one (1.58 goals per 90), Dorgeles Nene (1.29) is on two and Igor Vetokele is on four (1.16).

This week we also welcomed a new player. The 21-year-old Muhammed Gumuskaya (no dots on the U he asks…) showed good values in his physical tests. He came over permanently from the Turkish top club Fenerbahce, where he made 22 appearances, scored one goal (European against Helsinki) and gave away one assist. In most of these games he was positioned as an attacking flanker.

Our coach Jonas De Roeck has 26 players, 25 of whom are fit. Only Erdon Daci remains sidelined for a long time.

KV Mechelen

The Pandas are owned by the government of Qatar and their Aspire Zone Foundation. Did you know that French top club PSG is also in this portfolio? They recently brought in Nathan Bitumazala. This young Frenchman had a highlight in September 2021, when he made his debut in the Ligue 1. He was given 10 minutes to replace the French international Presnel Kimpembe. Since then, he was allowed to sit on the bench a few more times, but his playing time for the A-team was limited to those 10 minutes.

Bernd Storck was appointed as the new coach in July. With Eupen, this German coach is already on his fourth Belgian club, after previous spells with Mouscron, Cercle Brugge and KRC Genk. They are currently in last place, but their programme in those first five games was not so simple. They had to play Club Brugge (2-1 win), KRC Genk (4-2 loss) and Antwerp (0-1 loss), three teams from the G6. The other two games against Charleroi (3-1) and Seraing (1-3) were also lost.

Seven players always came to the start in those games: defenders Van Genechten, Kral and Lambert, midfielders Nuhi and Christie-Davies and strikers Prevljak and Charles-Cook. Captain Stef Peeters and Gary Magnée also started every game, but they had to sit out one game due to a suspension. For the last position, midfielder Jérôme Déom or Australian left-back and international Jason Davidson will be chosen.

In goal, the coach has already made a change by consigning Ghanaian international Abdul Nurudeen to the bench and bringing in German goalkeeper Lennart Moser. The latter is familiar to the coach from his time at Cercle Brugge, and for those who like statistics: the goalkeeper has a save percentage of more than 70%!

Lawrence Visser

At the age of 16, this referee decided to get into the profession. And with success: because 9 years later, he was allowed to make his debut in the highest division with Ostend against Mechelen on the programme. That he is one of our top referees is proven by the fact that he has already been allowed to referee five decisive matches/final matches in our league. His counter stands at 253 matches to this day, in which he picked up an average of four yellow cards. It is also remarkable that he has 86 exclusions (double yellow and direct red) and 78 penalty kicks.

For Eupen, he came in action 18 times already: 4x wins, 4x draws and 10 defeats and for our Kemphans he came in action 8 times already (4x wins, 2x draws and 2 defeats). The last time he was a guest at the Kuipje was in October 2016 when we won against Waasland-Beveren.

Text and statistics: Peter Boons

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Antwerp 27
KRC Genk 22
Club Brugge 19
OH Leuven 17
Standard 16
Union 16
KAA Gent 14
Anderlecht 13
STVV 13
Charleroi 12
KVC Westerlo 12
KV Mechelen 11
KV Oostende 12
KV Kortrijk 7
KAS Eupen 6
RFC Seraing 6
Cercle Brugge 6
Zulte Waregem 5

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