Two weeks ago, Genk went to Stamford Bridge and were thrashed. Tonight’s game, therefore, would seem to be a foregone conclusion. However, events since then could put a slightly different complexion on things. Chelsea have lost their last two league games, one of them being a 5-3 defeat at home to Arsenal. As for Genk, they went to Club Brugge and won 5-4.
No one would seriously compare the Jupiler League and the Premier League of course, but it does make things interesting. John Terry could fall over, Kevin De Bruyne could score three, and even Fernando Torres could find the net. Let’s face it, anything could happen!
Genk are still missing three first choice defenders and it could be four if Ngongca Anele doesn’t recover from illness. Anthony Vanden Borre is expected to start at right back; it’s probably his best position and he’ll need to be on song if he meets up with Juan Mata. Ex-Charleroi midfielder Fabien Camus could start in midfield alongside Daniel Tozser. The Hungarian was stamped on by Club Brugge’s Bjorn Vleminckx on Saturday and was not impressed. Genk fought back in that game and Tozser wants the same mentality to be on display tonight. In attack, Jelle Vossen is a certainty, alongside either Kennedy Nwanganga or Elyaniv Barda. There’s also a doubt about Thomas Buffel.
A draw tonight would be great result for Genk but it’s probably too late for them to even think about third place in the group.
Expected Genk team: Köteles; Vanden Borre, Hyland, Nadson, Anele (or Durwael); Buffel, Camus, Tozser, De Bruyne; Vossen, Kennedy (or Barda).