Whatever the result on Saturday, one of the two clubs will be happy to leave the field and the other will have to wait. Lommel only needs one point to be saved, our Kemphans can bring out the champagne if they win.
Team KVC Westerlo
During the international break, no less than 5 Kemphans got a taste of European football. Edi Jordanov played a total of 135 minutes against Qatar and Croatia, but must miss the game against Lommel due to an excess of yellow cards. Against Lierse, he collected his tenth card of the season, meaning he has to miss the games against Lommel and Mouscron. Striker – and man in form – Lyle Foster was allowed to defend the honour of the Bafana Bafana. His parents had specially come over from South Africa to cheer him on against Guinea and France. Lyle was allowed to start the game twice, but was twice replaced early by coach Hugo Broos. Erdon Daci was in the selected group from North Macedonia. They pulled off a surprise first by knocking out Italy, but were defeated in the final by Ronaldo’s Portugal. Erdon dropped out as 24th man both times. Midfielder Trésor Mossi was on the road with the Burundi squad, playing practice matches against Bahrain and Liberia. Jan Bernat scored the equalizer on a penalty kick with the U21 team of Slovakia against Spain, but the game was lost (2-3). Against the Northern Irish the match was won (2-1) and he was replaced early. The other Kemphans played a friendly game against STVV, which was won 2-1. Pietro Perdichizzi will also not be present, he is suspended after his 2 yellow cards in the match against Lierse. For the rest coach De Roeck can count on his full complement of players.
Team Lommel SK
With Brian Eastick, our neighbours from Limburg are already on their fourth coach this season. Ryan Manning left just before the start of the season, the Dutchman and former T2 Peter van der Veen lasted 16 games, the Brazilian Luiz Felipe coached 3 games – he had to give up after 3 games after losing the game against us – and now the 70-year old Englishman has the baton in his hand. And with success, by the way, because since his arrival they have drawn three times (Beveren, RWDM and Mouscron) and won at Lierse. The goal total does not look that spectacular in those 4 games. Three goals scored and only one goal conceded. The English coach changed all that. The young Belgian goalkeeper Jari De Busser appeared between the posts, and in the centre of defence Lemoine and Wuytens were joined by two Belgians.
Neven – who could well drop out due to a patella injury – and Kis remained on the flanks. Should Neven drop out, Belghali will take his place. He will remember Erdon Daci from the previous home clash. In the centre of midfield, we see a triangle with Pierrot, ex-Seraing, Robin Henkens and Dutch playmaker Bryan Smeets, who came over from Sparta Rotterdam in the winter and has proven to be a real asset. Up front, Japanese Koki Saito, who has already scored 4 goals, and Brazilian Cauê, who has scored 3 goals in 6 appearances, also have a place in the starting line-up. The eleventh man in the starting line-up may be different. At least 5 players are eligible and of course it depends on the tactics they will play. None of those names will sound familiar to the average supporter. Or who has ever heard of Diego Rosa, Enrik Ostrc, Alonso Martinez, Agustin Anello or Arthur Sales. All 5 together have already made 59 appearances, 8 goals and 6 assists in the current season.
27.11.21 0-1 ⚽️ Daci
17.10.20 1-1 ⚽️ Cicek
15.02.20 0-1 ⚽️ Brüls
03.08.19 0-2 ⚽️ Van Eenoo, Abrahams
Arthur Denil is refereeing his third match for us this season. The two previous confrontations were both won. Both took place in our own Kuipje. Against Lierse it was 3-2 and against Lommel 2-0. For Lommel it will be the fourth time this season. They are still waiting for their first points. On match day 1 they lost against Waasland Beveren (2-3), against us they lost 2-0 and against Mouscron they lost 2-1. Since November last year, the young 25-year-old referee has also been allowed to lead matches in the Jupiler Pro League.
Text and statistics: Peter Boons