Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Mechelen will look to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Eupen when they take on Genk in the Jupiler League round 26. De Kakkers have been slipping down the standings week by week, with the team dropping to the danger zone. The hosts are desperate to grab something from Friday’s clash, but they will have a big fish to fry against the league leaders. It has to be noted that midfielder Rob Schoofs has yet to serve his ban.
Genk, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 1-0 loss to Antwerp, and seeing that Royale Union SG are breathing down their neck, we are positive that the visitors will take this match seriously. Since Wouter Vrancken’s troops have recorded nine wins on the road this term, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visiting team. Both Joseph Paintsil and Luca Oyen are sidelined with injuries for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Patrik Hrosovsky):
Born in Prievidza, Czechoslovakia, Patrik Hrosovsky is a midfielder who plays for Viktoria Plzen. Patrik Hrosovsky started his youth career at his hometown club Prievidza and he played for the youth team of Trencin as well before joining Viktoria Plzen.
The Slovakian footballer has been playing for the Viktorka ever since, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Sokolov, Usti nad Labem and Znojmo on loan as well. Patrik Hrosovsky made his Slovakia debut on November 19, 2014 in a friendly game against Finland.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder as well. Hrosovsky has yet to find the net with the Slovakia national football team, but he found the net for the U21 team in a 7-1 win over Luxembourg at the 2015 European Championship. He has a contract with Viktoria Plzen which expires on June 30, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Genk):
Founded in 1988, Genk are considered one of the youngest clubs in Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home stadium of the club, the capacity of the venue is 24 956 and it was built in 1999. Speaking of UEFA matches, the stadium can hold 21 500 spectators.
Genk clinched one Belgian Pro League trophy in the 20th century, with the team winning the 1989/1999 title. They finished the season with 73 points, two points clear of second-placed Club Brugge. Genk won their second domestic trophy in 2002 and the team lifted the Belgian Pro League title in 2011 as well. Speaking of the Belgian Cup, the club clinched their fourth trophy in the competition in 2013.
The club is well known for their brilliant school and you should bear in mind that the likes of Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne are all products of Genk’s football academy.