Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Buoyed by a 3-1 win over Club Brugge, Genk will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Waregem on Matchday 20. Genk have been impressive on home soil this term, with the team recording nine wins in the process and only one draw, and they must be high on confidence following the Jupiler League derby triumph. Even though both Joseph Paintsil and Daniel Munoz are banned for the match, we are tempted to put our money on the high-flying league leaders.
Mbaye Leye’s men, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Mechelen, and they managed to get one. Waregem, though, are not regarded as good travellers, and they are unlikely to spoil Genk’s party at Cegeka Arena. Modou Tambedou is back to the starting XI after serving his one-game ban against Mechelen.
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 (Waregem):
Over the years Zulte Waregem have established themselves as a top-table side in Belgian Super League. The Essevee are a product of a partnership between Zulte and Waregem and it has to be noted that Zulte Sportief were founded back in 1950.
Zulte Waregem impressed in the 2012/2013 Belgian Super League campaign, with the team finishing the process in second place in the standings, only four points behind champions Anderlecht. As a result, the Essevee booked their place in the Europa League group stages, but despite recording victories over the likes of Maribor and Wigan Athletic in Group D the Belgian side eventually failed to advance to the knockout stages of the European competition.
Zulte Waregem, who welcome their rivals at Regenboogstadion, will play in the group stages of the Europa League in the 2017/2018 season. Zulte Waregem, who won the Belgian Cup in the 2016/2017 season, will face the likes of Nice, Lazio and Vitesse in Group K.