MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, March 4, 2011
The battle of the league's top two teams kicks off this weekend's fixtures as first place Racing Genk travel to Brussels to take on Anderlecht on Friday night.
The Belgian champions will hope to bounce back after a pair of defeats, both in UEFA Cup and league action as they fell to Ajax and then Westerlo. The league loss saw them overtaken for the top spot by tonight's opponents, although only separated by goal difference.
Sacha Kljestan will be looking to help his team re-gain the top spot and coach AriŽl Jacobs is spoiled for choice with just Olivier Deschacht still suffering from injury. Romelu Lukaku pulled out of training earlier in the week but is named to the squad, so his tweak is not deemed serious. Racing Genk has not reported any injuries so are expected to field a strong team as well after it was reported that Cheikhou Kouyate has recovered from his back injury.
Racing currently has the league's best attack, while Anderlecht brags the league's stingiest defense, so something must give tonight.
In their first meeting of the season it was Les Mauves who came away with the 2-1 victory with their American midfielder bagging the first of the game and his first league goal. Lukaku scored the eventual winner.