Winless Westerlo cannot afford to falter against Kortrijk on Saturday evening

After Kortrijk finally won last weekend, Westerlo remain the only side without a win in the Belgian Pro League this season. On Saturday, the aforementioned Kortrijk will travel to Het Kuipje in a game that Jonas De Roeck’s side simply have to win. Even a draw may see the end of the head coach’s time in charge, despite leading them back to the Pro League and a top 10 finish last season.

The side did show signs of life at the weekend. Despite being 3-1 down, they managed to rally to draw 3-3 with title chasing Genk. However, their opponents spent the majority of the second-half down to 10 men after Christopher Bonsu Baah was sent off just before half-time. Westerlo will certainly be buoyed by the performance of 18-year-old striker Lucas Stassin, who scored twice and grabbed an assist. This does mean the side have not lost their previous two, with a 0-0 draw away to Standard Liege the prior matchday.

Westerlo will be hoping for a repeat of last season, where they managed to best Kortrijk in both matches. away from home they won 2-0, before a 3-1 victory at home in March. Kyan Vaesen was the hero on that day, as the 22-year-old scored twice. In six games this season the young Belgian has yet to find the net. Perhaps this weekend will see him grab his first for the campaign.

Kortrijk will have new head coach Glen De Boeck in the dugout. The Kerel’s will be looking to build on their victory over Cercle Brugge and increase the gap to bottom side Westerlo.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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