Genk vs Sarpsborg
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 133 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Luminus Arena (Genk).
Genk head into last round fixtures from the top spot in Group I, but they are yet to secure the progress to the last 32 round. A defeat on Thursday against European debutants Sarpsborg would eliminate the Belgian side, while any other scenario would see them go beyond the group phase. The hosts will obviously be looking for a victory which would seal them the top spot in the group and potentially bring them easier opposition in the knockout phase.
Genk drew last two Europa League games against Besiktas and Malmo. Both of these ties saw goals scored at both ends. Philippe Clement’s troops actually dropped out a two-goal advantage when they played the 2017 Allsvenskan champions on Matchday 5 in the Swedish capital. They are doing well in domestic affairs where they are four points clear ta the top of the First Division A standings with just one defeat in 18 matches.
Genk vs Sarpsborg: Head-to-head
Genk lost just one game so far in Europa League ad it came just in the second round against Sarpsborg.
Striker Patrick Mortensen was the man who inspired the 3-1 victory for Sarpsbborg in early-October.
The Norwegian forward bagged a brace on the occasion.
This will only be the second head to head match between Genk and Sarpsborg.
Genk vs Sarpsborg: Prediction
The visitors have not been in action at all since the 2-3 loss at home to Besiktas in the fifth round of Europa League. The season in the Norwegian top flight came to an end in late-November. Sarpsborg finished the campaign as the 8th-plavced team of the Eliteserien standings and they are likely looking at their last European match in a while here.
Genk are heavy favourite sin spite of the fact they are winless in four subsequent games on the home patch in all competitions. Sarpsborg’s defensive line revealed plenty of holes on Matchday No 5 when they allowed three second-half goals against Besiktas. Genk to net two or more goals in the match is a banker at 1.40.