In the Belgian Cup, the semifinals are on the program, which is played there in a round-trip. On Tuesday the two teams from Oostende and Genk will meet. At the end of November, this duel was already in the Jupiler League – with an evil outcome for Genk.
Oostende is currently in fourth place in the Belgian league. In Belgium, six teams will join the championship group, while the teams will be seven to fifteen in the Europa League group, where they will still qualify. Only the last one gets off in Belgium. At the moment, Oostende are four points ahead of their team, so they are not yet sure of their nine matches before the end. Oostende finally weakened and only won five points from the last five games thanks to a victory and two draws at two other defeats. Only a few points more and Oostende could have knocked at the top, because the distance to the top rider FC Bruges is only seven points. Oostende made the last official game last year and had to face a bitter home defeat against Eupen. Especially bitter was this defeat because it was the first for Oostende in the home stadium this season. To date, there have been seven home wins and three draws. Against the upcoming opponent Genk, there was already a home win in this Jupiler League season – and not just any. On 27.11.2016 Oostende Genk swept 6-0 out of their own stadium.
Genk certainly belongs to the stronger teams in Belgium, but in this season it does not want to run so well – at least nationally. In the Jupiler League, the team is only ranked 9th with an 8-4-8 record. The gap to sixth place, which is still entitled to participate in the championship round, is already six points. The reasons for the past performance are quickly found: Genk is just too weak to go abroad. While the team has a good 7-2-2 record at home, there was only one victory in the team, two draws and six defeats. With five points from eight away games, Genk is currently the third most difficult team in the Jupiler League. A little surprising is the fact that Genk is also playing in the Europa League this season and has qualified as the first team for the KO round in his group. Athletic Bilbao, Rapid Wien and Sassuolo Calcio were also well-organized. With a total of four wins and two defeats, Genk finished in the end. But here, too, there were the two defeats abroad.