KAS Eupen is playing away to RSC Anderlecht on the 20th match day of the Jupiler Pro League. Although the record championship winner has lost its last two games at home to Charleroi and away to Club Brügge (Bruges), the hosts are the overwhelming favourite for this match, which kicks off at 20:30. “The fact that Anderlecht has to get things back on track after their 5-0 loss to Brügge (Bruges) does not bode well for us,” agreed KAS head coach Claude Makelele and KAS striker Mbaye Leye at the pre-match press conference. “Anderlecht will definitely pull out all the stops to win the game against Eupen,” said Mbaye Leye. New signing Florian Raspentino is eligible to play and has made the KAS Eupen squad.
Respect from Hein Vanhaezebrouck
It is assumed that RSC Anderlecht will not underestimate the team currently sitting at the bottom of the table. In any case, RSCA coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck spoke about KAS Eupen with respect at his press conference: “This is no longer the team that used to concede 3 or 4 goals each game. Since coach Makelele has taken the helm, Eupen has missed out on only a handful of opportunities and has taken a point against some good opponents in three successive matches,” said Vanhaezebrouck.
Garcia suspended, Tirpan back in the team
KAS Eupen will have to cope without their team captain Luis Garcia, suspended due to yellow cards. Mickaël Tirpan, selected by Claude Makelele as right-back, returns to the team following his own one-match suspension. French newcomer Florian Raspentino, signed on Wednesday, received his eligibility to play on Thursday night. The striker has made the KAS Eupen squad for the first time.
Mbaye Leye: “We must aim to be efficient”
In Mbaye Leye’s opinion, KAS Eupen finds itself in circumstances that are alarming, but not hopeless. “It’s important that everyone at the club recognises that the alarm bells are now ringing for KAS Eupen. The goal should no longer be about playing beautiful football. Only points count now. We kept a clean sheet against Sint-Truiden for the first time. What we still lack is efficiency at exploiting our opportunities. In order to survive, we also have to win away. Maybe we will be able to keep a clean sheet for 90 minutes against Anderlecht and even score a goal. If we could take 4 points from the last two games before the winter break, that would be ideal.”
Public viewing in Penalty
Café Penalty opens its doors to guests for the public viewing from 19:00. In keeping with the season, alongside the freshly grilled stadium sausage and the usual drinks, guests will be offered mulled wine and the popular Leffe draught Christmas beer.