Preview Virton – KVC Westerlo

Preview Virton

This morning, our Kemphans got on the bus very early in order to drive the full 236 km to the Gaume region, where we will face the local Royal Excelsior Virton in the evening. The first against the last: everyone assumes that the 3 points are there for the taking. Unfortunately, football is not an exact science.

Team Virton

The last time we faced each other was on a Sunday evening in December, just before Christmas. The Verts de Gaume grabbed a point in the Kuipje and we were lucky that Pietro Perdichizzi equalised with a header in minute 93. After that match, the Luxembourg club said goodbye to their coach. Since then, the Uruguayan Pablo Correa has been at the coach. When he ended his active football career in 2001 at the French AS Nancy, he immediately started to work as an assistant coach. He then became head coach at the same Nancy and also at Evian and Auxerre, where he got a taste of the final responsibility at a professional club. In his 7 games for Virton, we recorded 7 defeats. In other words, the last point they gained was in December against Westerlo…

The new coach asked for and got other players. No less than 10 new faces were seen walking around the training fields after New Year. And there are some familiar names among them. In the striker’s box Yanis Mbombo and Jordan Faucher came in. Mbombo is a former international of our Belgian U21, who was on the payroll of Standard, Sint-Truiden, Mouscron and OH Leuven. Faucher played a few games with Waasland Beveren this season, but could not win the battle with top marksman Maderner. On the flank there is now an ex-Red Devil, Geoffrey Mujangi Bia, who had the highlight of his career on 29 May 2009 when he was selected by then coach Frank Vercauteren to play 2 matches at the Kirin Cup. Another familiar name is Hervé Kage, who scored a goal against Beveren last time out. With Virton, the Belgian Congolese is in his 14th club in 15 professional years. The other names are Sidibé, Vanbaleghem, Electeur, Augarreau, Mendy and Rémy. Who knows more than 3 names, may call himself a connoisseur (I myself knew 3 names).

Line-up against Waasland-Beveren (3-1):
Martin, Vinck, Rémy, Rizzo, Hamzaoui, Masangu, Vanbaleghem, Colella, Sidibé, Kage and Anne.

Team KVC Westerlo

Against Deinze, our goalkeeper David Jensen had to for the first time this season. Mathias Fixelles also didn’t feel 100% then and was kept out of the squad as a precaution. Normally, they are both available again and only our two red-shirted players Maxim De Cuyper and Pietro Perdichizzi will not be able to play.

Did you know?

  • This season we have already used 27 different players.
  • Lukas Van Eenoo has the most playing minutes, he has already played 1977 minutes on the
    pitch.
  • Mamoutou N’Diaye is the one with the least playing minutes. He was allowed to substitute
    twice and ended up with 10 playing minutes.
  • We have scored at least one goal in all our away games.
  • We have achieved a clean sheet nine times.
  • This was five times in Het Kuipje and four times away from home.
  • Fernand Gouré is the player with the most substitutions. He has come on as a substitute
    eleven times.
  • 13 different players have scored.
  • We already had 4 penalty kicks and managed to use them all, both Tuur Dierckx and Jan
    Bernat have 2 to their name.
  • We also had 3 penalties against us. That one of them was not used.
  • Erdon Daci managed to deliver his first assist of the season last week, and it was an
    important one!

Head-to-head

15.08.21 0-2  ⚽️Van Eenoo, Bernat

30.11.19 1-1  ⚽️Abrahams

01.09.19 1-0

Text and statistics: Peter Boons

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