Preview RWDM – KVC Westerlo

We have to visit RWDM on Friday. In this last away game of this calendar year, unfortunately no visiting supporters are welcome. Do our ‘Kemphanen’ continue on their momentum, or do the Brusseleirs stop our boys?

Team RWDM

Racing White Daring Molenbeek has the worst home reputation this season. In 7 games played, they could barely come off the field as the winner once. Mouscron was the opponent on match day…1! This was followed by 3 more draws and 3 losses.

After a reasonably good start, they experienced a serious setback in September and October with a 4 out of 18. Only at Deinze they could win then. However, they have been back on fire for the last 5 match days. On the move they went home three times as winners (Lommel, Virton and Waasland Beveren) and in their own Edmond Machtens stadium they played a draw against Lierse and Deinze.
It is remarkable that many goals were scored each time. Thirteen times they were at the cannon themselves and 9 times they had to get the ball out of the net themselves. The attack trio, Kévin Nzuzi Mata (3x), William Togui (2x) and Lenny Nangis (2x) accounted for the majority of those goals, but the central defender duo also scored 4 times, Gilles Ruyssen (2x) and Florian Le Joncour (2x) always did this on a stationary phase after an assist from captain Nicolas Rommens.

Two guys who were on the game sheet last week will certainly not be there. Defender Abdoul Karim Danté looked at his fifth yellow card and then of course you also have Thomas Ephestion, who, as always, has to stay out of the game against us. Gilles Ruyssen, on the other hand, is available again after his week of yellow/red suspension.

Lineup against Waasland Beveren (2-3 win): Defourny, Danté, Sankhon, Le Joncour, Libert, Gécé, Rommens, Nangis (69’ Mpati), Ephestion (69’ Keita), Nzuzi Mata(69’ El Ouahdi), Togui (90’ Van Den Bogaert)

KVC Westerlo

Autumn champion with 13 points lead. Fortunately, no halving of the points is planned or there are still final matches to be played somewhere. Or it had to go seriously wrong. This Sunday it was just that. David Jensen’s own goal was featured on every social media channel. That is the fate of a goalkeeper. If they miss the ball once, then you win. Now we have already conceded the same goal here in Westerlo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxC-QjjlR5k

So it was certainly not unique. Dave remains the proud leader in the clean-sheets standings. He has already cleaned his nets six times.
Together with Lukas Van Eenoo, Jan Bernat and Pietro Perdichizzi, our goalkeeper is the only 4 players who kicked off in every match.
Three players are also on edge for the next game. Kouya Mabea, Maxim De Cuyper and Thomas Van den Keybus have each received 4 yellow cardboard boxes.

Did you know? We didn’t score in 1 game this season? On match day 2, RWDM came to a 0-0 draw in the Kuipje.

Mutual duels

17.10.21       RWDM-KVCW         1-2     ⚽️ De Cuyper, Daci

20.02.21       RWDM-KVCW         2-1     ⚽️ Vetokele

06.11.20       RWDM-KVCW         3-1     ⚽️ Van Eenoo

Referee

Brent Staessens will whistle his seventh game in 1B this season. It is remarkable that he has been appointed for the fifth time for a Westerlo match, the majority of which at a distance.
At Virton, Waasland Beveren and Lommel he was our race director and also in 1 race in the Kuipje, again Waasland Beveren, he was the man who had to lead the race in the right direction.
In those 4 previous matches he was very generous with the distribution of yellow cards.
He took that card out of his back pocket no less than 29 times. The name of our coach Jonas De Roeck has already been noted in his booklet.

Did you know? Our opponent RWDM also had him as referee three times, they could never win with him.

Text and statistics: Peter Boons

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