Wednesday 13 October 2021 15:00

Club - KV Kortrijk: Club Facts

On Friday Club Brugge entertains KV Kortrijk. Learn more about this fixture with our Club Facts!

The game

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Club Brugge and KV Kortrijk face each other for the 65th time in the Belgian first division. Club won 25 of the previous 32 home games (last time 1-0 on 21/11/2020) and drew level the other seven times (last time 0-0 on 26/12/2012). If Club can beat Kortrijk on Friday, it'll be the 10th consecutive home win against KVK, who have never bagged all three points at Jan Breydel.

If Club doesn't lose, it will be undefeated against Kortrijk for the tenth time. The previous nine games yielded 23 points (7W 2D). Last season Club won twice with the smallest of margins. Noa Lang's bicycle kick was the only goal at home, while Eduard Sobol and Hans Vanaken erased Gano's opening goal in the 1-2 away win.

During this season's preparation KV Kortrijk was one of Club's opponents at the Belfius Basecamp. A late goal by Nihad Mujakic was enough for Kortrijk to end the friendly with a win. If Vanaken, Club Brugge's Player of the Month September, finds the back of the net, he'll match Foeke Booy and Jan Ceulemans' 7-goal record against Kortrijk.

Club Brugge is the only team in the Jupiler Pro League that's still unbeaten at home, but was kept to a draw in three of the last five home games. Only Beerschot (3-2) and KV Oostende (3-0) left empty-handed.

Club's top striker Charles De Ketelaere (4 goals) opened his account for the Belgian Red Devils last weekend in the UEFA Nations League fixture against Italy, while Hans Vanaken played his 15th international match. Club Brugge's assist king, Noa Lang, was succesful with the Netherlands as well. He played his first match for Oranje in Latvia and played again against Gibraltar where he was important with an assist and pre assist.

Both Simon Mignolet as Kortrijk goalkeeper Marko Illic have kept four clean sheets in the league so far - the most of all goalkeepers in the Belgian top tier. Noa Lang needs to be careful not to get booked, other wise he'll have to sit out the game at Antwerp. Antwerp player Birger Verstraete has been booked four times as well.

The opponent

With 15 points out of a possible 30 KV Kortrijk can look back on a decent season start. We have to go back to the 2013-14 season where they picked up more points after the first ten fixtures (16). But, to the club's frustration, coach Luka Elsner left KV Kortrijk last week to sign a deal with Standard Liège. The Slovenian succeeds Mbaye Leye who was relieved of his manager duties.

Earlier this week KV Kortrijk appointed Karim Belhocine to replace Elsner. After ending his playing career in 2015, he joined KV Kortrijk as the assistant coach of Johan Walem and then became the head coach. In 2017 he joined Hein Vanhaezebrouck at Anderlecht as assistant coach. He stayed after Vanhaezebrouck had to leave and was replaced by Fred Rutten. When Anderlecht parted ways with the Dutchman in the 2018-19 season, he was at the helm of the club until the end of the season. In the summer of 2019 Sporting Charleroi appointed Belhocine as their head coach and he brought them to the third place before the season was cut short because of COVID-19. Last season Charleroi had a flying start under Belhocine with seven wins out of the first ten games, but Charleroi disappointed in the second half of the season. Charleroi finished 13th and didn't extend his contract. Now Belhocine returned to the club where it all started for him.

KV Kortrijk picked up seven points on the road so far after beating Antwerp (0-1) and STVV (0-2) and drawing level with Zulte Waregem (2-2). They lost at Union (2-0) and Oud-Heverlee Leuven (2-1). Kortrijk are 8th in the league but could have been higher. In their last two fixtures, against Zulte and Charleroi, they dropped points in the closing minutes of the match.

This summer the Club saw Julien de Sart (KAA Gent), Teddy Chevalier (Excel Mouscron), Petar Golubovic and Jovan Stajanovic (expired contract) leave the club. Loanees Yevgen Makarenko, Zinho Gano, Adam Jakubech and Gaëtan Hendrickx returned to their parent club.

The club signed the following players:

  • Midfielders: Kevin Vandendriessche (Fra) [KV Oostende], Mathias Fixelles [Union St.-Gillis], Abdelkahar Kadri [Paradou AC (Alg)], Viktor Torp (Den) [on loan from Midrjylland (Den)]
  • Attackers: Marlos Moreno (Col) [on loan from Man City (Eng)], Rachid Alioui (Mar) [on loan from SCO Angers (Fra)], Dylan Mbayo [KAA Gent], Jesaja Herrmann (Ger) [Vfl Wolfsburg (Ger)]

Faïz Selemani is KVK's top striker with six goals, of which three from the spot. The trio Ante Palaversa, Lucas Rougeaux and Faïz Selemani gave the most assists (2).

Fun fact: KV Kortrijk is the team who has the least possession. On average they have the ball 42,6% of the time, while Club has an average of 59,6% ball possession. Only KRC Genk (63,7%) does better. Kortrijk are the most dominant side in the air with an average of 21,3 aerial battles won per game, while Club only wins 12,7 of the aerial battles.

KV Kortrijk scored most goals after a standard situation (8), which is 57,1% of their total. Club scored five so far, which equals 27,8% of the total. Only KRC Genk (4) have been awarded more penalties than Kortrijk (3). Only two clubs have been awarded less penalty kicks than Club (1): Union and STVV have yet to take their first spot kick of the season.


Brandon Mechele can play his 290th game for Club Brugge.

Stanley Nsoki and Noah Mbamba could play their 10th match for the blue and black, for Noa Lang it can his 40th game in the Jupiler Pro League.

Man in black

Bert Put has been appointed referee for this match. He will be assisted by Jeroen Walschap and Kevin Dhondt. Kevin Debeuckelaere is the fourth official. Wesli De Cremer is the video assistant referee, he will be helped by Ella De Vries and Istvan Lagaert.

It'll be Bert Put's third official match for the blue and black. Last season he whistled two league games of Club against STVV (2 wins). Put has already been the referee of 7 KV Kortrijk games, six of which were away games which resulted in four wins, one draw and one defeat.

Other fixtures

sa 16/10 16:15 R. Union St.-Gilloise - RFC Seraing
sa 16/10 18:30 SV Zulte Waregem - R. Antwerp FC
sa 16/10 18:30 KV Oostende - Cercle Brugge KSV
sa 16/10 20:45 R. Standard de Liège - Oud-Heverlee Leuven
su 17/10 13:30 K. Sint-Truidense VV - RSC Anderlecht
su 17/10 16:00 K. Beerschot VA - YR KV Mechelen
su 17/10 18:30 Sp. du Pays de Charleroi - KRC Genk
su 17/10 21:00 KAA Gent - KAS Eupen

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