Thursday, August 12, 2010
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht return to Eerste Klasse action when they host Germinal Beerschot on Saturday at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in suburban Brussels.
Lucas Biglia's shoulder injury may allow for the American midfielder to get another start in Ariel Jacobs' first 11.
Kljestan has excelled in the team's two Champions League victories but has not fared as well in league action.
A match versus a fairly weak Beerschot club could be a remedy to kickstart Kljestan's league campaign.
The former Chivas USA man will be a bit weary from travel having played the second half of the US national team's loss to Brazil on Tuesday night at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Anderlecht at home are stellar and will be expected to pick up the three points. Last week's scoreless draw away may suggest tougher times could be in store when they have to pack their suitcases.
Beerschot enter the match with just a single point coming from a single goal in two league matches.
Known affectionately as De Ratten or 'The Rats', Beerschot hail from the port city of Antwerp and are directed by young 38 year old head coach Glen de Boeck.
The strength of the team resides in its back line and are led by grizzled veteran defender Philippe Clement who enters his 16th professional season.
In addition to Biglia, Jacobs may be without Jonathan Legear while Beerschot will be missing the services of Sherjill MacDonald and Tomislav Mikulic whom are injured.