Club Brugge – KRC Genk: Club Facts
On Sunday afternoon Club face KRC Genk in Jan Breydel. Philippe Clement will look his former team in the eyes. Have a look at the Club facts below!
MAN IN BLACK
Man in Black is the 34-year-old Mr. Erik Lambrechts. His assistants are Mr. Kevin Monteny and Mr. Pieter Becquet. Fourth official is Mr. Kevin Van Damme. The VAR is Mr. Lawrence Visser assisted by Mr. Rien Vanyzere and Mr. Mario Vanlommel.
It will be the 17th Club game refereed by Mr. Lambrechts. Club won all eight previous home games refereed by him. Mr. Lambrechts already refereed the away game at KV Ostend this season (0-2).
Club qualified for the Champions League this week, the 7th time in history. They won 2-1 against Austrian side LASK in the last qualifying round.
A new match, a new excellent performance of Hans Vanaken. He scored the 50th Club goal in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.
Ruud Vormer gave his 60th assist for the Blues.
6 YEARS NOT LOST
Genk join Club in the Champions League. It will be the third time that two Belgian teams play together in the Champions League. Both teams face each other for the 35th time in Jan Breydel. Club did not lose at home against Genk in the last six years. Last season Club won both home games against KRC Genk (3-1 and 3-2).
Both Siebe Schrijvers, Clinton Mata, Jelle Vossen and Nick Shinton have a history at Genk. On the other side, Zinho Gano has a history at Club. Ruud Vormer played his first Club game in 2014, the game ended 1-1.
VICE-TOPSCORER, ASSISTANT KING AND EXCELLENT GOALKEEPER
Only Aly Samatta (Genk) and Dieumerci Mbokani scored more goals this season than David Okereke (4 goals). Ruud Vormer already gave most assists in the Jupiler Pro League. Simon Mignolet already kept his sheet clean twice.
Thibault Vlietinck might play his 25th Club game. Clement can again count on Loïs Openda who has been suspended for two fixtures after he got a red card against STVV.
GENK IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Genk obtained nine points out of five fixtures. Aly Samatta already score five goals this season. If he scores on Sunday, he will join Jelle Vossen as the player with the most Genk goals against Club
BUSY TRANSFER SEASON
Attacker Leandro Trossard [Brighton & Hove Albion (Eng)], midfielder Ruslan Malinovskiy [Atalanta BC (Ita)] and defender Joseph Aidoo (Gha) [RC Celta de Vigo (Esp)] left Genk this summer. Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic is injured for a while.
An overview of the new players of coach Mazzu:
-> goalkeeper: Gaëtan Coucke [back fromLommel SK]
-> defender: Carlos Cuesta (Col) [Atlético Nacional (Col)]
-> midfielders: Patrik Hrosovsky (Cze) [Viktoria Plzen (Cze)], Ianis Hagi (Rou) [FC Viitorul (Rou)]
-> attackers: Theo Bongonda (Bel/Cod) [Zulte Waregem], Paul Onuachu (Nga) [FC Midtjylland (Den)], Benjamin Nygren (Swe) [IFK Göteborg (Swe)], Stephen Odey (Nga) [FC Zürich (Sui)]
The team of KRC Genk has an average age of 23.54 years. Only Waasland-Beveren has a younger team at kickoff (23.46 years).
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