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Training of bekerfinalisten Genk and Standard in the King baudouin stadium to be cancelled

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Racing Genk and Standard take the Saturday evening (20h45) against each other in the final of the Croky Cup. Today, both clubs train in the King baudouin stadium but that training was cancelled, both clubs train today, therefore, on their own complex. The People want their undefeated status is maintained and going for a fifth victory in five finals. Standard is aiming for an eighth victory, in seventeen finals. In 2000, were both teams already face each other in the final. Genk attracted to the longest end, with a 4-1 victory.

Turf is spared

Racing Genk

17/03 20:45


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The turf at the King baudouin stadium has been a source of anxiety, there is even already a replacement planned. Two training sessions after the many rain vzouden can be fatal for the playability of the field, especially in combination with the for Saturday predicted freezing temperatures.

“We are forced to make changes due to the meteorological predictions of the RMI”, sounds at the belgian football association. “By these predictions, we are forced to the premises of the King baudouin stadium to cover and this from this Friday afternoon. We made this decision because it is the intention of the belgian football association and the Pro League to the finals of the Croky Cup in the best possible circumstances to allow them to continue.”

The press conferences of both clubs tonight, however, by in Brussels.

Two teams-in-form

For both clubs, is the cup final a beautiful dessert on a strong final sprint in the regular season. Both Genk (13/18 in the last six days) as Standard (14/18) holden in the fight for a Play-off I-ticket long behind the facts, but there were final however, on places five and six. The People insured over the past weeks with the more ‘realistic’ football new coach Philippe Clement pretty simple of a ticket for the titelrace. Standard, for his part, had Sunday in the airport of Ostend all sails. The Rouches came 2-0 behind on the coast, but work under the leadership of a very inspired Mehdi Carcela arrears are yet to in the needed 2-3 victory.

No pronounced favorite

A favorite for the win on Saturday is difficult to represent. The advantage of Racing Genk argues the ‘perfect’ bekerparcours the past twenty years. Exactly two decades ago reached the Figures for the first time the cup final, and surprised when it previously champion Club Brugge (4-0). Also in 2000 (4-1 against Standard), 2009 (2-0 against KV Mechelen) and 2013 (2-0 against Cercle Brugge) won Genk reached the final. Also the by now empty Genk infirmary will Philippe Clement pretoogjes deliver. Sunday still showed Leandro Trossard with a strong subbing (and a goal) ready for Saturday.

Standard can take courage from her last two cup finals. Both in 2011 (2-0 at Westerlo) and in 2016 (2-0 against Club Brugge) could Rouches cheer. Also in Liege can coach Ricardo Sa Pinto is increasingly a smile up. The Rouches did fortify themselves in the wintermercato thoroughly with the returned Carcela, and also seem to be the front – despite the departure of topschutter Orlando Sa to China – hardly to the picture quality had to lose. Crowd pleaser Renaud Emond was resurrected in the last few weeks, after all, from its ashes. He made sure that the team was the controversial departure of Sa hardly had to feel.

Sold out

Both teams will be in for a sold-out stadium to play Saturday. Genk sold all of its 20,000 and awarded tickets, Standard had Monday still 600 tickets available, but will also be expected to meet the man.

Last season won Zulte Waregem in the Cup in a thrilling final – 3-3 after extensions – Oostende match penalty kicks (4-2).

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