After four matches without a victory and three consecutive defeats, two in Jupiler League and one in Cup, players of Oostende reacted well last Friday evening and managed to fight out 3:1 victory on the road to Waasland-Beveren, in a match where they weren’t given plenty of chances for all three points.
Having in mind that they faced up against fairly strong side, the team played exactly how they should – seeking for their chance mostly via counter attack and being very effective with the ball to their feet. The opened up the scoreline in 15th minute with a goal from Musona, continuing to strike the opponent with ease in second – via Banda in 52nd minute doubling up the lead.
Even though Thelin reduced via penalty kick in 72nd, visitors once again looked very serious and managed to seal the victory once the hosts starting very open play risking a lot and conceding another one, in first minute of additional time via Gano. Oostende is now six points above rock bottom placed Eupen being at thirteenth position, but also seven points behind play-off placed St Truiden.
Home team will miss right midfielder Capon (16/4) due injury, but also defender Rozenhal (3/0) who is out with personal reasons. Long term absentee remains forward Rajsel who anyway didn’t play so far.
Genk suffered another unexpected defeat last time out as the team welcomed Kortijk and lost with a 2:3 result in highly unexpected outcome. They were better in the first halftime, but the players of Kortijk took the lead in eleventh minute against the flow of the game via Perbet.
Players of Genk were chasing the equalizer and were better in first hour, scoring the equalizer from a penalty kick in 53rd minute via Ingvartsen, however they were left playing with a man less when defender Aidoo got second yellow card in 65th minute.
Genk actually looked fine on the field even with a player less, but were conceding goals easily – in 67th via Chevalier but again managing to level up with a goal from Buffel in 82nd minute – but stood without that point in unlucky way in fifth minute of additional time via Chevalier again.
Guests will miss suspended central defender Aidoo (14/2), midfielders Berge (12/0), Heynen (10/0), Mata (14/0), but also forwards Samatta (14/4, second top scorer) and Vanzeir (1/0). Striker Schrijvers (20/5) is doubtful but with chances to play.
It was now fifth consecutive game for Genk without a victory as they stand only at eleventh position being five points behind play-off placed St Truiden and they need to improve quickly in order to stay competitive for European positions.
~ Five out of last six mutual matches of these two ended with over 2.5 goals.
Genk isn’t getting the results they would want, but the side has no other option but to try playing as open as possible football and seek an improvement – exactly what they usually do. Oostende comes with a boosted morale and also should appear in attacking way since they play in front of own fans. Over goals seems like the most logical choice in this one.
Bet : Over 2.5 Goals