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Genk take on visiting opponents KV Mechelen at Cegeka Arena in the First Division A meeting on Wednesday.
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Genk, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 4-1 First Division A victory over Beerschot.
In that match, KRC Genk had 62% possession and 20 shots at goal with 10 on target. For KRC Genk, goals were scored by Patrik Hrošovský (20'), Junya Ito (32'), Théo Bongonda (79') and András Németh (92'). For their opponents, Beerschot got 8 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Marius Noubissi (88') scored for Beerschot.
It’s not been often in recent games where KRC Genk haven’t conceded. In fact, KRC Genk have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 6 goals along the way.
Their previous form shows that KRC Genk:
- have not lost a league tie with KV Mechelen in their previous 3 games.
- haven't beaten KV Mechelen in their last 2 matches in the league.
- have not been beaten in their last 3 home league matches.
KV Mechelen will go into this clash after a 2-0 First Division A win to defeat Seraing in their previous game.
In that match, KV Mechelen managed 51% possession and 16 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. For KV Mechelen, the goals were scored by Ferdy Druijf (58') and Hugo Cuypers (64'). RFC Seraing got 18 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target.
Showing their involvement in high-scoring matches, goals have been scored 22 times in the prior 6 matches in which KV Mechelen have taken to the pitch, making it a mean average of 3.67 goals for each clash. Their opponents have hit 12 of this grand total. That kind of trend won’t necessarily be carried forward here, however.
Heading into this contest, KV Mechelen haven't won against KRC Genk in away games against them for the last 9 league games. Very poor away form.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings dating back to 02/12/2017, neither club has come out on top overall with Genk winning 2 of those games, KV Mechelen 2 and 2 being draws in normal time.
In all, 20 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 11 from Blauw-Wit and 9 created by Mechelen. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.33.
The previous league contest between these sides was First Division A match day 17 on 05/12/2021 which ended up with the score at KV Mechelen 1-1 KRC Genk.
On that day, KV Mechelen managed 36% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Their only player to score was Nikola Storm (50').
At the other end, KRC Genk got 9 shots at goal with 4 on target. Théo Bongonda (43') scored.
The match was refereed by Jonathan Lardot.
Team News: Genk
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just a single fitness concern for the Genk boss Bernd Storck to be concerned with due to a largely intact group of players. Paul Onuachu (Hamstring Injury) misses out. Kristian Thorstvedt will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
It seems likely that Blauw-Wit should line up in a 4-3-3 system in the match with Maarten Vandevoordt, Daniel Muñoz, Mujaid Sadick, Jhon Lucumí, Gerardo Arteaga, Carel Eiting, Bryan Heynen, Patrik Hrosovsky, Junya Ito, Iké Ugbo and Theo Bongonda.
Team News: KV Mechelen
KV Mechelen manager Wouter Vrancken has a number of players out of action. Hugo Cuypers (Cheekbone Fracture) and Niklo Dailly (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) can’t be considered.
We believe KV Mechelen seem most likely to begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation, going with Yannick Thoelen, Iebe Swers, Thibault Peyre, Jordi Vanlerberghe, Lucas Bijker, Vinicius Souza, Onur Kaya, Geoffry Hairemans, Rob Schoofs, Nikola Storm and Ferdy Druijf.
For this match, we think that KRC Genk can fashion enough chances to find the net more than once while possibly not conceding against KV Mechelen, who might well find it difficult scoring a goal of their own.
Our selection here is for a decent 2-0 victory for KRC Genk at the end of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Cegeka Arena (23,718)
Captain: Bryan Heynen
Chairman: Peter Croonen
Manager: Bernd Storck
Competitions: First Division A position 9
⭐ Star Player: Paul Onuachu
Typically playing in the Striker position, Paul Onuachu was born in Owerri, Nigeria. Having made a first senior appearance for FC Midtjylland in the 2013 - 2014 season, the dangerous Forward has scored 12 league goals in the First Division A 2021 - 2022 season to date from a total of 18 appearances.