Genk vs Mouscron by Isaiah
Genk could be happy with a draw taken away to Lokeren last weekend, even though the team had the lead from the second minute when Milinkovic-Savic scored the leading goal. However, the team played quite passively for the whole game, allowing the equalizer already in fifteenth minute by de Pauw, while the hosts remained in control of the ball for the rest of the match.
Lokeren had more of the ball possession, had more chances, but also lacked some more risking in the last effort in order to score the second. Coming to home matches, Genk will want to get a victory here and continue their good trend in front of own fans where they have five victories, four draws and only one defeat so far. They are currently at seventh position, being only a point below the play-off zone and the victory is their top priority in today's game. Central defender Kara (18/0) and winger Herve Kage (13/2) are out at African Cup of Nations, as well as right back Anele Ngcongca (19/1). Sidelined with injury is winger Cisse (16/5) and striker Ilombe Mboyo (19/8). On the bright side, winger Thomas Buffel (19/2) returns into the starting lineup coming from suspension. Their formation will be 4-3-3 as always.
Mouscron, on the other side, comes from a 1:3 easy defeat at home against Gent last weekend. However, the things started much better for them, as they were the ones who opened the scoreline with a goal in seventh minute by Verstraete. Soon enough the visitors replied as well, getting the equalizer already in fifteenth minute by Neto, while Depoitre brought them into the lead in 30th minute.
Early in the second half they have scored the third goal via Dejaegere in 56th minute, leaving the hosts without a proper respond later on. Things to be worse, this was fourth consecutive defeat for Mouscron now, as they now slipped down the table just two positions above the relegation zone, having three points more than relegating placed Waasland Beveren. Away from home, they have 1-3-6 record and with three consecutive defeats on the road as well, can't hope for much better outcome in this one. Their best player and top goalscorer of the league, Abdoulaye Diaby (21/11) is at African Cup of Nations, while outside of this game will also remains midfielder Nolan Mbemba (9/0), first choice goalkeeper de VLamynck (9/0) and midfielder Julian Michel (19/2) all being injured.
Mouscron is going nowhere with their form on the road, while Genk does more than well in front of their own fans. Genk seems to be picking up the right form just when it's needed the most, to catch the play-off position and their victory shouldn't be questionable here, probably getting it from the first halftime already.