MICHAEL ADUBATO - Wednesday, April 20, 2011
After picking up their first points of the play-offs over the weekend, Anderlecht must now head west to take on Gent at Jules Otten Stadion in a mid-week clash on Wednesday night.
American Sacha Kljestan was given a rare start in the champions' last game and rewarded coach Ariel Jacobs' vote of confidence by setting up one of the two goals Anderlecht scored on the night. The Californian is expected to keep his starting spot. Jacobs still has a handful of injuries to deal with however.
Frontman Tom De Sutter is still out along with Olivier Deschacht. Ziguy Badibanga is also suffering from his hamstring injury while Ondrej Mazuch is still nursing a thigh injury. Mazuch had one training session already but it may be too early for him to face Gent.
The Buffaloes will be missing their injured goalkeeper Bojan Jorgacevic; but on a positive note their Ivorian midfielder Yaya Soumahoro is returning after being suspended.
During the regular season, Anderlecht beat Gent 1-0 at home and most recently took a 2-1 victory in the Flemish city. Currently sitting in fifth place with 31 points, the Buffaloes find themselves five points behind Anderlecht and realize that a loss at home tonight would end their slim hopes of claiming the league title.