Club Brugge - Zulte Waregem: Club Facts

There have been individual awards and everything runs smoothly in the league, but in the Belgian Cup all has to be decided yet. Zulte Waregem travels to Jan Breydel on Wednesday for the first leg of the semi-final. Get excited with our Club Facts.

FIRST POST-WAR COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN

Much ink has been spilled over Club's win at Anderlecht: the third in a row, but also the seventh unbeaten game against les mauves. Even more impressive is the fact that it was the first post-war come-from-behind win in Brussels.

 

Hans Vanaken's brace made his recent Golden Boot shine even harder. The midfielder is Club's top scorer and is second in the top scorers standings. He also moved to the 12th position in the all time Club Brugge goalscorers since the last promotion in 1959. Looking at goals scored against Anderlecht, he is currently third with six goals.

 

Ruud Vormer and Loïs Openda, who can play his 50th game for Club, have already been booked. If they are booked on Wednesday, they will have to sit out the return game.

 

Zulte Warem will have to do without Cyle Larin who is suspended for the first leg after been booked in the quarter-final. Henrik Björdal, Marco Bürki, Olivier Deschacht, Damien Marcq and Gideon Mensah need to be careful. If they have their name written down, they will have to watch the second leg from the stands.

THE ONLY HOME FIXTURE IN THIS CUP CAMPAIGN

No tickets yet for this home game? Then you need to hurry, because on Wednesday Club will play their only home fixture in this years's cup campaign. After victories against Francs Borains (0-3), KV Oostende (2-4, with penalties) and Anderlecht (0-2), we now face Zulte Waregem. They beat KFC Duffel (4-2), STVV (3-0) and Charleroi (2-0) at home, meaning they play their first and only away game in the cup. The potential cup final will be played at the Heizel.

 

Club reached the semi-finals 21 times from 57 cup runs and pushed through to the final on 17 occassions. For Essevee it's their fourth semi-final, but they have been able to get through to the final every single time they did. Standard (2006), Gent (2014) and Eupen (2017) were beaten in the semi-finals.

 

Club and Zulte already faced each other twice in the Belgian cup, both times at the Rainbow Stadium. In 2005 the newly promoted Zulte Waregem eliminated the blue and black in the 1/16th final. Nathan D'Haemers and Frédéric Dupré gave the hosts a double lead, Manasseh Ishiaku pulled one back but it was too late. In 2017 Zulte pulled the short straw. Jelle Vossen's early opener was canceled out by Davy De fauw (penalty) and Aaron Leya Isaka, but Emmanuel Dennis equalised and got his brace in extra time.

 

When taking only the games from the 1/16th final into account, Zulte Waregem players Omar Govea and Gianni Bruno have been the most succesful. They scored three goals, just like Aleksander Boljevic (Standard) and Dieumerci Mbokani (Antwerp).

 

Essevee lost their last three games in the league. Last weekend they were well beaten by KRC Genk (0-3). They are now eighth with 31 points.

THE MAN IN BLACK: WESLEY ALEN

Wesley Alen is appointed referee for this cup fixture. He will be assisted by Florian Lemaire and Romain Devillers. Christof Dierick is the fourth official. Lothar D'Hondt is the video assistant referee, assisted by Lennert Becquet and Roel Bensch.

 

It's only the second Club Brugge game for the 29-year-old referee. Earlier this season he whistled the league match against Excel Mouscron (1-0 win).

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