Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Oostende and Genk square off against each other at Diaz Arena in what is expected to be a close Jupiler Pro League game. Oostende have found their best form of late and they will try to continue in the same manner this weekend. Maxime D'Arpino has yet to recover from a long-term ACL injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Smurfs, on the other hand, have been in a superb form in recent weeks, and haven’t lost a single game since the season opener. Wouter Vrancken’s men actually won seven of their last eight league games, and, taking everything into account, we predict that the visitors will pick up all three points from Saturday’s encounter. Mike Tresor Ndayishimiye will pose a big threat to the opposition back-line since he has scored five goals, while providing five assists for his teammates this season. The likes of Mujaid Sadick and Adnane Abid are rated doubtful, whereas both Luca Oyen and Joseph Paintsil are out of contention through injuries.
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 (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.