Kortrijk vs Anderlecht by Meese
Kortrijk couldn't do much more in their away game last weekend, as the team suffered quite easy defeat away to Gent 3:0, without showing much of attacking potential. They were limited to a defensive role and anyway couldn't hope for a much better result having that in mind.
Players of Gent had dominance on the field from the first minute and took the lead in 30th minute when they increased the pressure with a goal from Perbet, sealing the victory with two more goals in the second halftime, via Neto and Saief. After this defeat, Kortrijk remained in the middle of the table, currently at tenth position with twenty-four points earned, which is four less than sixth placed Anderlecht and if the team is to fight for a play-off positions, they can't afford to lose here - on contrary, the home team needs a victory. During the midweek, they boosted their morale with a Cup victory over Mouscron narrowly 1:0 at home.
Anderlecht, on the other side, comes from a 7:0 victory last weekend at home against Mouscron. It was surely their best performance so far in the season, as the team showed much of their attacking potential against a side that looked like close to amateur one.
Players of Anderlecht made a strong impact in the game, scoring four goals within first thirty minutes (via Teodorczyk, Hanni, an own goal from visiting goalkeeper Delac and Stanciu) and adding three more in the second halftime (Tielemans, Spajic and Bruno) in last fifteen minutes of the match, even though they lowered down the tempo in the second halftime in order to save some energy. Team is now at sixth position, having six points less than leaders from Zulte Waregem and need to continue winning here. During the midweek, they once again showed way too many problems in the defense, suffering exclusion in Cup game away to Charleroi on penalty kicks, after a 2:2 result in first ninety minutes.
Right full back Dennis Appiah (3/0) is injured, as well as offensive midfielder and team captain Sofiane Hanni (16/4) and left midfielder/forward Andy Kawaya (who anyway didn't perform so far in the season).
- Kortrijk have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Anderlecht.
Anderlecht will need to attack here and search for a victory badly, since their current rankings are nowhere close to the title fight. Kortrijk, on the other side, plays much more attacking in front of own fans and are yet to lose a game at home. Overall, I expect quite an open game from both ends and it won't be much of a surprise if we see even Kortrijk scoring more than once.