MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, October 1, 2010
In what used to be seen as the Clash of the Titans, Anderlecht heads to Stade Maurice Defrasne to take on Oguchi Onyewu's ex-team, Standard Liege.
American midfielder Sacha Kljestan will be looking to make an impact after only making the bench last night in Anderlecht's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Hajduk Split in Europa League action. Polish international Marcin Wasilewski is still not ready to rejoin the team yet after suffering a broken leg last season. Tom De Sutter, Kanu and Davy Schollen also continue to be sidelined.
The Walloons, on the other hand, are reporting no new injuries.
The rivalry has fizzled somewhat with the Belgian champions of 2008 and 2009 losing their crown to les Mauves, having sold several of their key players. The Onyewu - Jelle Van Damme battle was a highlight of the games, however the American has left for Milan and the Belgian is now with Wolverhampton in the English Premiership. Regardless, it will still prove to be a fiery occasion Sunday afternoon.
Last weekend Liege beat Westerlo on the road 2-1, while Anderlecht tore apart newcomers FC Mechelen 5-1.
The Belgian champions are holding down second place as they trail the league leaders by four points. Liege, who had a shaky start to the season, have moved up to fourth place and four points behind Anderlecht.