Oostende vs Lokeren by Hassy
That being said, this season could be the year the hoodoo is ended because Lokeren, put simply are playing well below the club's standards. They currently sit in a lowly twelfth place with only eight points from a possible 27 and have are coming into the game off two home defeats, the last one a 1-0 home defeat to Club Brugge.
Lokeren's problems really began before a ball had been kicked when the successful manager, Maes departed for bigger things at Genk. Since then the club have embarked on a total new recruitment drive as Bobby Peeters looks to stamp his authority on the club. In addition to the managere leaving the club had to also deal with the loss of key players. Club stalwarts such as De Pauw, Galitsios and especially Vanaken left the club. The Kempenaar then began the season by preparing a completely new core for a number of players and Ghadir, Miric, Creemers, Rossoul, Dujardin, Ninaj, Starzynski, Ticinovic and Bolbat were all drafted in.
Team news for Lokeren sees goalkeeper Copa miss out. The Ivorian-Guinean was injured last Sunday and had to be carried off the pitch.
In total contrast to Lokeren KVO has had its best start to a season in the club's history. After nine matchdays KVO is still alone at the top, in the lead with 20 points. They go into the game in superb form having won 4, drawn 2 and loss 1 of their last six games. Most importantly those wins include an away win against the mighty Standard Liege and also a home win against Anderlecht. In total at home they have won 4 from their 5 games and I expect them to continue their surprising form and beat Lokeren this evening.
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