Charleroi vs Genk by Meese
Charleroi comes from their third undefeated match in Jupiler League, previous two were victories, as the team visited Eupen on Saturday evening and took a point in a 2:2 draw. It must be said that the players of Eupen were a bit more active on the field and maybe deserved a victory, but the visiting side also proved to be very efficient in attack, once again.
They didn't need many chances create to score, while the home team took the lead from a penalty kick in 31st minute via Sylla. An own goal in 44th was equalizer for Charleroir, while the hosts re-installed their lead in 55th minute via Onyekuru, but had the lead only for five minutes, since Fall leveled up again. After this point taken, Charleroi remansin at sixth position, having three points more than out of play-off placed Standard, having also just four less than leaders from Zulte Waregem. Quarter-finals of the Cup competition is already serious enough phase and the team will be looking to progress again, after they won over Anderlecht at home in previous round.
Home team will miss defender Martos (18/0), midfielders Ninis (13/2) and Saglik (4/0), as well as forward Stevance (0/0).
Genk, on the other side, disappointed last time out in Jupiler league two weeks ago, when the team welcomed Lokeren and surprisingly stood defeated with a 1:2 result. However, they entered the game well and actually took the lead in 20th minute with a goal from Trossard, continuing to be much better overall and with more chances created, but paying the price of lack of concentration within ten minutes.
Lokeren shocked them with equalizer in 66th minute via Terki, but nine minutes later also managed to take the lead via Bolbat, without leaving enough time for the home team to respond again. It was their second consecutive defeat, as the team now has seven points less than play-off placed Charleroi and it's time to focus on Cup for them, if the team is to play in Europe next season. Last Friday noon, they took a 2:0 victory over Sassuolo on the road to confirm participation in the knockout stage of Europa League next Spring.
Visitors will be missing goalkeeper Coucke (no appearance anyway this season), plus midfielders Heynen (14/0) and forwards Tshimanga (0/0) and Vanzeir (1/0).
I'm quite sure here that both teams are taking this match very seriously, since it's one of the easier ways to reach Europa League this season. Playing with regular starting lineups, I can definitely see this game being very open and attacking, almost surely ending with over goals. All we should need is one goal being scored and the game will be completely open from that moment on.