Our prediction for this Belgian Cup match:
All eyes will be on Cegeka Arena when Genk and Antwerp face each other in the Belgian Cup quarter-finals. Genk quickly bounced back from a shocking loss to Kortrijk, with the team beating Club Brugge in the Jupiler League derby, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the visit of Antwerp. Both Abid and Oyen are likely to miss the game with injuries, while Nigeria international Yira Sor is pushing for a start.
Meanwhile, the visitors aim to build on a 2-0 win over Gent, and given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. With no fresh injury worries to report, boss Marc van Bommel is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated De Buffalo’s at the weekend. Defender Ritchie De Laet, though, could sneak into the starting XI after serving his one-game ban against Gent.
Highlighted Player (Mbwana Samatta):
Born in Dar Es Salaam on December 23, 1992, Mbwana Samatta is a Tanzania striker who plays for Genk in the Belgian Jupiler League. Samatta began his youth career at African Lyon and he played his first game at senior level for Simba SC, the club from his homeland.
In 2011 he moved to TP Mazembe and after scoring 60 goals in 103 league games for the club, the Tanzania international signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Genk. On August 23, 2018 Samatta scored a hat-trick against Brondby in the Europa League.
Speaking of his international debut, Samatta made his Tanzania debut in March, 2011 in a 2-1 win over Central African Republic. It has to be noted that the Genk attacker was named African Player of the Year (based in Africa) in 2015. His main position is centre-forward, but is capable of playing as a winger as well. His contract with Genk should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Antwerp):
Founded back in 1880, Antwerp is one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Great Old welcome their rivals at Bosuilstadion, the venue with the capacity of 16,144 people. Antwerp are well known for their red home kits, with the team wearing white shirts and white jerseys when playing on the travels.
Over the years Antwerp have been trying to close the gap between Belgian giants Anderlecht and Club Brugge, but they have yet to win the title in the recent history. The Great Old clinched their first domestic trophy back in 1929, with the team repeating the success two years later. The third and the fourth titles came in 1944 and 1957 respectively.
Beerschot A.C. are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Club Brugge as well. The club chiefs had a long-term partnership with famous English club Manchester United in the past, with Antwerp taking young footballers on loan to Old Trafford.