The fight to avoid relegation from the Jupiler Pro League could hardly be more thrilling. With two rounds to go, KAS Eupen and KV Mechelen have the same number of points and are ranked 15th and 16th respectively. KAS Eupen currently sits just above KV Mechelen thanks to the higher number of goals it has scored. KAS Eupen aims to defend this position until the end of the season. Both clubs face considerable challenges in the penultimate round. At 20:00 on Saturday evening, Eupen and Mechelen will have games against candidates for Play Off 1. KAS Eupen will be hosted by Royal Antwerp FC, while KV Mechelen will play at Standard Liège.
The game in Antwerp is not subject to the combination regulations, so KAS Eupen fans can make their own arrangements to travel to Antwerp, where 800 seats in the visiting fan block, but no car parking spaces, are reserved. KAS Eupen has organised a pre-sale at the Kehrweg Stadium from 15:00 to 18:00 on Friday.
Claude Makelele: “Finally score points away and win”
KAS head coach Claude Makelele is calm and is focusing everything on the crucial game on the 29th match day. “Once again, we are facing a very strong opponent, one that is good at pressing forward and which will certainly do everything in its power to secure its place in Play Off 1,” said the Frenchman at the pre-match press conference, adding: “We will not retreat into our shells. We will try to finally score away and even get a win. There have been times when we were ahead and still lost, so this time we want to play our trump cards. Everyone in the team knows how tough our assignment is, but we accept the challenge and will give 100%.”
In terms of the team line-up, Claude Makelele has less concerns than in recent weeks. Only left back Silas Gnaka is unavailable following the red card acquired for two yellow card infractions in the last game against Lokeren. Striker Florian Raspentino has not fully recovered from last Saturday’s ankle injury, but is ready to play. Click HERE for KAS Eupen’s squad for the game in Antwerp.
Luis Garcia: “The atmosphere in Bosuilstadion should motivate us”
KAS team captain Luis Garcia looks forward resolutely to the game in Antwerp. “Of course, we expect a fierce reception in Bosuilstadion. But the spectators are not playing. The crowded stadium and the atmosphere in Antwerp will provide me and my teammates with additional motivation to run, fight and give everything. In my opinion, the stadium is a place where you can really feel that professional football is alive and kicking, so it’s a pleasure to play here.”
Massive interest: public viewing, TV, radio and live ticker
For all KAS Eupen fans who have no opportunity to cheer on their team in Antwerp, there are numerous chances to follow the game on the 29th match day. Café Penalty is equipped for the most important of all away games and invites you to a public viewing. KAS Eupen fans can follow the action on the big screen in a friendly atmosphere with great drinks, a stadium sausage and a hearty goulash soup. As a run-up to the big game, Penalty will be broadcasting matches from the Bundesliga. The game will be broadcast live not only on Proximus TV, but also on radio stations RTBF, VRT and Radio Sunshine, and the live ticker on this website will report from Antwerp and keep fans updated.