Westerlo vs Mechelen by Isaiah
Westerlo is coming from a more or less expected defeat last week away to Gent (4:2). With this result they are now sitting alone in the bottom of the league standings. Although they were solid defensively in the first half and that managed to go to the half time with a 0:1 lead, to the second half they were not able to cope with the pressure of Gent and finally suffered four goals resulted to a fatal defeat.
During the week they signed two players, left back Daniel Christensen from Danish side Aarhus and then the experienced defensive midfielder Yoni Buyens from Genk. Both are normally available for tonight's game, while they do not have notable absences. Substitute striker Sherjill MacDonald and newcomer right back Oto'o are both still out. Westerlo will play with Silvere Ganvoula and experienced Benjamin De Ceulaer in attack, with Elton Acolatse in the left wing and Jarno Molenberghs in the right.
Mechelen managed to rescue at least the draw in the away game against Beveren, winning the point to the last minute (2-2). They were down 2-0 in the 16th minute, reduced to 2-1 in 26th min, and Nicolas Verdier who had some good chances during the game, scored the equalizer to the last minute of the game.
It was the second time that Mechelen has a very bad start to a game, and this time forced them to fight to the end. Even in this way, they managed to avoid the defeat. Their image so far is quite good, but surely can be better in relation of their roster quality. Centre back Jordi Vanlerberghe and substitute striker Dalibor Veselinovic will both miss the game. In attack will be Nicolas Verdier, with Kolovos and Matthys to the wings.
- Westerlo have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against KV Mechelen.
Westerlo is leeking in defense, but they look like they have the easy goal. Mechelen is surely one step above in quality, however away from home they are not known for their stability.