MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, February 15, 2013
Going into the 27th of 30 weeks of soccer before the play-offs begin, Anderlecht is set to take on Royal Charleroi in Brussels on Friday night.
On a run of 17 games where they have been undefeated, accumulating 15 wins and a pair of ties, les Mauves will welcome the Walloon team to Stade Constant Vanden Stock. Ironically, the struggling Zebras were the last to claim all three points from Anderlecht when they beat them 2-0 back in late October.
American Sacha Kljestan is expected to start in the middle of the park although he is facing disciplinary action after the television cameras caught him delivering a blow to Standard Liege's Yoni Buyens two weeks ago. The midfielder's charge will be addressed by the prosecutor's office of the Belgian FA this month.
Also in the same boat is les Mauves' other Sacha, Iakovenko, who crushed the ankle of Stijn De Smet last week in their game against Waasland-Beveren. He is still eligible to play however until his case is heard.
One player who is definitely out is Milan Jovanovic. The Serbian will be serving the second of his three game suspension after picking up a straight red card in the Standard Liege game. Goalkeeper Silvio Proto dislocated his finger against Waasland-Beveren and may sit out this game.
For Charleroi they appear to have no new injuries to report so should be at full strength for the battle in Brussels tomorrow night.
Anderlecht is still holding down the top spot while Charleroi holds onto the 11th spot and should be able to avoid a relegation battle with just a few games remaining.