Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
High-flying Genk will look to extend their brilliant winning run to eight games when they face Mechelen in the opening match of Jupiler League round 15. The league leaders have been impressive in front of goal of late, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Nigeria forward Paul Onuachu, who has netted eight goals in the Belgian top flight so far this term, while Angel Preciado remains on the sidelines through suspension.
Mechelen, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team heading into Friday’s clash following back-to-back wins over Standard Liege and Eupen. Nonetheless, the visitors will have a much bigger fish to fry against Genk, who look unstoppable at the moment. To make things even worse for the away side, defender David Bates serves a one-game ban.
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.