Preview KVCW – Standard

KVC Westerlo

The start in the Ghelamco was brilliant. Goal after 5 minutes from the reborn Igor Vetokele and knowing that we would then have a good footballing team to hold on to. Not so… our Kemphans did not come into their game at all. In fact, three good passes in a row didn’t work out at all in the first half. Well deserved of course, but we had the impression that our young players showed too much respect for their opponent.

On to the second game at Het Kuipje. The opponent is again not the least of these, although top club Standard never have an easy time of it in the Kempen. Of the last five meetings in the Kempen, they only managed to take home one win, and that was 12 years ago.

The verdict for our top marksman Erdon Daci was harsh last week. Add to that the unavailability of Lyle Foster and the red suspension of Pietro Perdichizzi, and already on match day 3 our coach had to puzzle out his team. He also allowed Tuur Dierckx some rest, as he appeared to be less than fresh at training. So Ravil Tagir, Mathias Fixelles and Igor Vetokele appeared in the team that did not play in the traditional 4-4-2, but in a 3-5-2. Igor Vetokele is currently the fastest scoring striker in the Jupiler Pro League with his 2 goals in 75 minutes of playing time. Apart from Daci, everyone is available again for this match.

Standard Liege

The Rouches have lost some of their feathers in the last 3 years. Before that, they belonged to the top 3 in Belgium, with as highlights in the millennium the Land Championship titles in 2008 and 2009 and the Cup wins in 2011 (against Westerlo), 2016 and 2018. However, if you add up the points from 2020, they have to let 7 clubs go first.

Also in terms of coaches it is a coming and going. In the last 9 years, only 1 coach has been on the Liege bench for more than 365 days. His name? Michel Preud’homme. The only one who neatly played out his contract in the period from 2018 to 2020. This season, the Norwegian Ronny Deila is at the helm. Let this be a coach who stayed at his previous clubs for quite some time. He successively coached the Norwegian Strömsgodset (206 games), the Scottish top club Celtic Glasgow (118 games), again to Norway for Välerenga (107 games) and until June 2022 you could see him on the American fields with New York City (90 games). His balance sheet looks nice so far with 3x national championship and 2x cup wins.

On the opening day, the Liège players played equal against AA Gent (2-2) in extremis, then lost at Genk (3-1) and on the previous match day, they booked their first victory against Cercle Brugge (2-0). In all, 21 players came into action. Nine players started each of those games, and only the two wingbacks Gilles Dewaele and Jacob Barrett Laursen were not present in the first game of the season, but they were present in the two other games.

In goal is Arnaud Bodart, centrally they play with Noë Dussenne (the new captain this season) and the Cypriot Konstantinos Laifis, the midfield is populated by the A-internationals Gojko Cimirot (Bosnia) and Selim Amallah (Morocco) and the Belgian Nicolas Raskin, in front we find the Norwegian Aron Dönnnum, the Romanian Denis Dragus and the Belgian Renaud Emond. A nice detail about the front line is that all three of them have already had a taste of the grass at another club, but they always came back to the Maurice Dufrasne Stadium.

The 5 goals scored were scored by 3 individuals: Selim Amallah accounted for 3 and Dussenne and Dragus scored 1.

Referee

Jasper Vergoote has been appointed to referee this match. This 30-year old referee made his debut in the highest league three years ago. Since then, he made 51 appearances in our Jupiler Pro League. A nice anecdote is that this will be his 100th game if you add all the competitions together. Only on the opening day he was sidelined, but on game day 2 (Gent-STVV) and game day 3 (KV Mechelen-Union) he had to show his skills. In total we have had him as a referee 8 times already, 3 of which in the Kuipje. His last game for us resulted in a nice 2-1 victory in the Cup of Belgium against Antwerp.

Balance KVC Westerlo:

  • 3 victories
  • 1 draw
  • 4 losses
  • 15 yellow cards
  • No (yellow)-red cards
  • 0 penalty kicks

Balance Standard Liege:

  • 2 wins
  • 1 draw
  • 1 defeat
  • 5 yellow cards
  • No (yellow)-red cards
  • 0 penalty kicks

Text and statistics: Peter Boons

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