Out of form Genk could give Bruno Irles perfect first game in charge of RWDM

This week RWDM announced that former Troyes manager Bruno Irles would be the sides head coach. The task ahead of him is certainly not an easy one, with the side having slid into the relegation play-off spots after winning just twice since the start of December in a run that spans 12 games. However, his first game is against a side who are also out of sorts.

Last season Genk were one of the more entertaining sides in the Pro League and challenged for the title. However, this season they have struggled for consistency and a striker who can hold down a starting place in the first eleven. Wouter Vrancken’s side are yet to win in 2024, with three draws and two defeats in that time. Even just two or three more wins would see them solidly inside the top six and in with a chance of playing the Champions play-offs and fighting for European football. However, after such a poor run they remain in seventh place.

Yet with Gent also struggling, the door is very much still open for the side. It will be an intriguing affair in Genk this weekend, with both teams out of form and needing three points for completely different reasons. For RWDM, a positive result really sets htem up well for their next two fixtures. Next weekend they will host OH Leuven, another side near them in the relegatoin scrap. They then travel to current basement dwellers Kortrijk, although they have appeared to turn a corner under new head coach Freyr Alexandersson. RWDM will be hoping Irles can have a similar effect on their fortunes.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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