MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, August 19, 2011
Anderlecht will host newcomers to the top division, Mons on Sunday afternoon after their return to Brussels from their European adventure in Turkey.
The Brussels' boys came away with a Euro win over Bursaspor and will look to do the same thing at home against the team from Wallonia.
Sacha Kljestan went the distance in Turkey and is expected to start for Les Mauves, however new signing Dieumerci Mbokani, who is expected to fill the gap left by Romelu Lukaku's departure to Chelsea, is already out with a knee injury before kicking a competitive ball for Anderlecht. Roland Juhasz is still nursing his injuries as well.
For Mons, who have been the surprise package of the tournament thus far, having held Standard Liege to a 1-1 tie in the season opener, will once again be without their influencial captain Tom van Imschoot, who has been out since the beginning of the campaign. They will however have the league's top goal-getter lining up against the Anderlecht defense. French striker Jeremy Perbet registered a hat-trick last week against St. Truiden and scored one off the bench the week before having just re-signed for the Dragons.