Kortrijk appeared even better than what was expected in their 3:0 victory away from home against Oostende last weekend. They were slightly better in the first halftime, but once the second halftime has started they appeared even more concrete in the attack.
Moffi brought them into the lead in the 59th minute, while the hosts tried to risk more searching for an equalizer, as it backfired on them towards the end, with Kortrijk scoring twice more in the added time – via van der Bruggen and Gueye.
They are now in a really fine momentum, having three wins in a row including previous victories over Standard and Waasland-Beveren. Undefeated in the last four Jupiler League matches, the team is six points behind playoff placed Genk and interesting enough, this game comes as their last chance to get back into the race for the playoff positions.
Central defender Rougeeaux (8/0) is out injured, as well as another central back Hines-Ike (15/0), both being sidelined for more than a few weeks already.
Genk comes from a pretty difficult match against Standard Liege last weekend, suffering a 1:3 defeat at home last Sunday evening. However, it must be said that they had more of the ball possession, but it’s simply a game where nothing went into their favor.
Out of quite calm first halftime when they had the ball control, it turned out to a 2:0 lead for the guests’ in the last fifteen minutes, while the team tried to respond in the second halftime and was even more dominant with the ball to their feet.
Dewaest managed to reduce the deficit in the 84th minute, but just when they tried to risk the most, Boljevic scored the third in the second minute of added time. This way the team continued to struggle trying to find the right momentum during the complete season, and are now with just one victory in the last four Jupiler League rounds.
They are just a point above seventh and out of playoff placed KV Mechelen, so can’t afford to drop points.
Genk team news
Goalkeeper Vukovic (1/0) is long-term absentee, while the guests also miss another goalie Vandevoordt (4/0) and midfielders Eboue (1/0) and Heynen (14/0). Goalkeeper Coucke (18/0) should be ready this time, while forward Daehli (1/0) and midfielder Paintsil (16/1) are doubtful for the moment. Central back Dewaest (22/3) is suspended.
Neither of them seeks passive approach
Both teams are far better in their offensive tasks and phases than what their reliability at the back stands out. Kortrijk has the momentum and simply needs to attack and see what happens, trying to get into the top six.
Genk is definitely not a pushover and with the season already going way below the expectations, there is no other priority but to seek for points in this one. Goals are written all over the game.