KAS Eupen is greatly looking forward to its home tie against KV Mechelen on Saturday evening, 21 October. In this 11th League fixture, Jordi Condom’s team will be doing everything to achieve its second win of the season, having played well over the last few weeks. Team captain Luis Garcia and his fellow players are counting on the support of KAS fans, especially as they can now – for the first time – urge the team on from the T2 grandstand.
This grandstand switch goes hand-in-hand with several practical new developments: For the first time, all home team grandstands (T1, T1bis, T2 and T3) are now accessed via the main Kehrweg gate. Mechelen fans also gain access to their T4 grandstand via the Kehrweg, but through the new gate opposite the BRF broadcasting centre. The Schönefeld gate is now closed. All info on the grandstand switch available HERE.
The match between KAS Eupen and KV Mechelen is set to be a duel between two equal teams. Both have as yet only won one match this season, while KV Mechelen has managed five draws and KAS Eupen three (from the last four games). Mechelen thus starts Saturday evening’s match as 14th in the League table (8 points), while Eupen is 15th (6 points).
At the pre-match press conference, team captain Luis Garcia had this to say about his team’s current form: “After getting off to a difficult start to the season, our 2:2 draw against Standard Liege turned the tide. Things have been going much better since that match, and we want to use this momentum to gain our second win of the season. If we manage to achieve this, we’ll gain the self-confidence needed to face our next two difficult ties: our away tie against KAA Gent next Tuesday (24 October) and the home tie against Anderlecht next Saturday. But at the moment we’re not thinking about these two ties. We have to concentrate fully on the tie against KV Mechelen”, said the KAS Eupen captain.
Chief coach Jordi Condom announced that he would be fielding almost the same team as the one that managed the 2:2 draw against Charleroi. “Due to his yellow card suspension, we’ll have to do without Jordan Lotiès. Marc Valiente will very probably be standing in for him as full-back”, the coach told reporters. Like Luis Garcia, the chief coach is optimistic about his team’s progress: “We’ve played a lot better these past few weeks. Despite our position in the League table, I can feel a positive momentum in the team. What we’ve now got to do is to transform this momentum into points, so that we can look forward to the rest of the season with confidence”.