MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, December 7, 2012
League leaders Anderlecht will head south down the E19 highway to take on RAEC Mons as they look to hold off the streaking Dragons at Stade Charles Tondreau.
American midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance for les Mauves in their midweek Champions League match against Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga, and is also expected to suit up again over the weekend.
Argentinean striker Matias Suarez, who is expected to head to Russia to join CSKA Moscow in January, is still out with inflammation of the knee and has failed his recent second medical by the Russian team.
Mons, who are coming off a 3-0 win on the road against Lierse behind a pair of goals from Jeremy Perbet, are reporting no new injuries allowing Enzo Scifo a full squad to choose from. The Dragons have been on fire as of late, mainly due to their Frenchman and last year's top goal-getter Perbet. The front man has bagged nine goals in his last six games.
The first time the teams met this season up in Brussels, Anderlecht collected all the points with a 2-1 victory. Ex-Liverpool man Milan Jovanovic and Ukranian substitute Oleksandr Iakovenko scored for les Mauves, while Mustapha Jarju scored for the Walloons.