Preview Lommel SK – KVC Westerlo
After the magnificent victory in the derby against Lierse, our Kemphans have to make another (short) trip.
This time we go to Lommel, who last weekend after a hopeless situation, were still able to turn the negative score into a deserved draw.
Since the Limburgers were acquired by the City Football Group in May 2020, they experienced a serious injection of quality from foreign talents. The best example of this was seen at the end of last season. Defensive midfielder Vinicius Souza was sold to KV Mechelen and also the entire front line, Marlos Moreno to Kortrijk – Anass Zaroury to Charleroi and Top Shooter Manfred Ugalde to FC Twente, were resold by the group to a first division club. No other team from 1B that could present such an (outgoing) transfers.
Also this season, players with the highest transfer value can be found in the Soevereinstadion. No less than 5 of those players are in the top 10. Who are these most valuable? In goal you have the Uruguayan Cristopher Fiermarin, in defense you have the 18-year-old Swede Jesper Tolinsson – who with his € 1.1 million is number 1 – in midfield you have the Brazilian Diego Rosa and in the front line you have the Japanese Koki Saito and the Australian Daniel Arzani. This five-man team is usually supplemented on match day by 5 Belgians: captain and rock in the surf Glenn Neven, right back Rafik Belghali and 3 ex-Kemphans: Arno Verschueren, Robin Henkens and Kevin Kis. Although the latter never made it to the first team. And then we have Arthur Sales. This 19-year-old striker came over from Brazilian club Vasco da Gama on the last transfer day in August. On matchday 9 he made his first minutes for his new club. Since then he started every game and rewarded this with 5 goals in 3 games.
The coach of these young talents is Dutchman Peter van der Veen. This Rotterdam native knows what it is to work with young talents. In 2019 he became European Champion with the Dutch U17 by beating Italy 4-2 in the final. Nice achievement from our sympathetic Dutch neighbor.
Did you know?
If you are a lover of goals, then you should be on the Gestelsedijk this season. No less than 25 goals you could admire there. The home team scored 13 times, the away teams scored 12 times.
There is no team that scores more goals in their home games, but with their goals against, they are the penultimate of the class. Only Waasland Beveren has more goals against at home.
Match details KMSK Deinze – Lommel SK (3-3)
Fiermarin, Belghali, Nevens, Wuytens (61′ Tolinsson), Kis, Verschueren, Henkens, Thordarson (69′ Caio Roque), Sales (81′ Anello), Saito, Vandersmissen.
Goals: 19′ Thordarson (2-1), 57′ Sales (3-2), 65′ Sales (3-3)
At the moment, the Kempen is ours. The accolades in the media bear this out. We read things like a well-balanced group of players, a mix of experience and youthful enthusiasm, a wealth of skills and young boys who are fully developed.
Of course we are supporter number 1 and we totally agree with that but when the neutral media says this, it is also nice as a club.
The fresh wind blowing through the Kuip by our coach Jonas De Roeck is also not to be underestimated, although the team player that he is, will express this more towards the success of the general group instead of his own individual.
The performance on the Lierse pitch was outstanding. Three players made the 1B team of the week: Kouya Mabea, Maxim De Cuyper and Lyle Foster. Mabea provided the assist for the first goal, after a fine rush down his left flank. Maxim was positioned on the right and after Bernat’s change back on his familiar left flank, although he forgot to score his goal. And striker Lyle Foster was unstoppable. After his injury in Mouscron he was sidelined for a few weeks, but came back stronger. He proved this with 2 goals and 2 assists in Lier.
Did you know?
In terms of prevention, here too everything is done to keep out the third corona wave.
To Lier, 2 players buses were deployed instead of the traditional one. Also, the presence in a strange dressing room was reduced to the minimum. Before boarding the bus, our Kemphans were taped in and already had their game clothes on. The traditional post-match shower was also not on the agenda. Everyone immediately got back on the bus and showered in Westerlo.
The well-being of everyone is also taken care of on a daily basis. Separate dressing rooms, gloves during meals and of course mouth masks at all times.
Since the 2018/2019 season, we have already visited the Sovereign Stadium six times. This gave us three wins, one draw and two losses. They are never games with many goals (6 for and 4 against), but it does appear to be the ideal opponent for our captain Lukas Van Eenoo to score against. He has scored seven times in a game against Lommel.
Again Brent Staessens is the referee. It’s the fourth time this season that he gets to referee a game for us. Although we like to see the young (25 years old) man from Tielrode coming. We haven’t recorded a losing game with him yet.
Lommel will then again be the team that he will have whistled the most. For the sixth time, he will look our Limburg opponent in the eye. But they also like him. Four wins and one draw in the previous editions.
Statistics and text: Peter Boons