Antwerp looked much better than KV Mechelen in the previous Jupiler League round, as the team celebrated a narrow 1:0 victory in the end.
They looked better and more concrete in the first halftime already, missing a penalty kick at the end of the first halftime – something that would probably make the second halftime much more open and would probably result in our previous bet won.
In any way, the hosts increased the tempo and were better in the repetition again, finally scoring the winning goal via Mirallas in the 75th minute.
More than deserved victory which was their third in the last four rounds in the league, as the side now stands high at the fourth position together with Charleroi, only two points behind the second-placed Standard.
Central back Matheus (no performance so far in the season) remains a long-term absentee, with right-back Opare being in the same situation still out injured. Offensive midfielder Miyoshi (9/1) should be out injured with a sprained ankle as well.
Genk’s form is really going from bad to worse in recent weeks. Even though their defeat in the Champions League against Salzburg was quite expected in during the midweek at home, their home loss against St Truiden last Saturday evening was nowhere expected.
They took the lead in the ninth minute already via Samata, but proved to be very vulnerable at the back allowing the guests to revert the scoreline already before the halftime whistle.
They had all the initiative in the second halftime and chances created, however it simply wasn’t that night once again.
It seems that the appointment of a new coach is not giving proper results for now, as Wolf has just one point out of three competitive matches.
Goalkeeper Vukovic (1/0) remains long-term absentee, while out are also midfielder Heynen (14/1) and most likely forward Onuachu (11/5) due to shoulder problem.
Both teams will probably make a couple of changes for this match, but there’s no question about the motivation. Genk probably remains slight a favorite and will try to attack here, but with vulnerability they have at the back, it’s difficult to see them not conceding as well.
On the other side, it’s almost impossible for them to miss that much and be so little effective once again.