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The first finalist of the Belgian National Cup will be known tonight. As they know, the semi-finals are played in two legs. Kortrijk have a small advantage after the first leg. The Reds beat the Blue and Whites at Gludensporenstadion with a narrow 3:2 score. Can Genk rely on the revenge?
Last year Genk stopped at the semi-final level. Oostende won the two-leg duel on an aggregate 2:1.
This season Racing passed through three stages. Genk beat Cercle Brugge at away in the round of 32. Then they eliminated KV Mechelen on the road after the penalty series. The normal time ended with 1:1 draw. They eliminated Waasland-Beveren at home after the penalty series too. The normal time of the quarterfinal game ended with 3:3 draw.
Genk possess the sixth rank in the Belgian Jupiler League. They earned 34 points after 25 matches. An overall team’s stats consist of eight wins, ten draws and seven losses. The goal ratio is the following, 33 goals for and 31 goals against. Genk have modest home marks: two wins, six draws and four losses.
Last week they beat Mouscron at away.
Last year Kortrijk ceased participating in the Belgian Cup by losing to Eupen in the quarterfinals.
This season the Guys have four consecutive home victories. First of all, they eliminated Durbuy by winning with a huge score 5:3. Their next games were scoring too. They beat Royal Antwerp 4:2 in the round of 16 and Gent 4:1 in the quarterfinals.
Kortrijk are the ninth team of the Jupiler League. They earned 33 points after 25 games. Last week they beat Sint Truidense 0:2 at away. This win got ninth in their record. Besides this, they have been drawn six times and lost in ten matches. Their goal ratio is 34 goals for and 36 goals against.
Kortrijk won the last two H2H fixtures with the same score. On December 23 the Reds beat the Blue and Whites at Luminus Arena 2:3 in the frames of Jupiler League. On January 30 they won the first leg of the Belgian Cup.
The bookmakers consider Racing as an evident favorite of the second leg. They predict their win despite a poor home performance and bad last H2H history.
Indeed, just a game decides the finalist’s destiny. The guests play an open football with a big number of conceded goals. Genk will use this rival’s feature. Genk have a quite solid defensive line.
Therefore, we expect the home side’s victory with an Asian handicap of (-1).