Charleroi hosts Kortrijk in round 24 of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. The match will be played on Tuesday, January 25th at Stade du Pays de Charleroi (Charleroi)
Charleroi may have exchanged potential sporting successes for money in the “right now” mode. It was clear that no one would have given more for Shamor Nicholson than Spartak Moscow. Even though the market price of the Jamaican forward was 3-4 million, the Red-Whites allegedly paid ten. But the fact is that the top scorer left Charleroi, and he was involved in almost half of the goals: 11 goals and five assists. However, there are other smart players in the attack, namely, the Japanese Morioka and the Iranian Gholizadeh.
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Kortrijk is a modest club that has been on the verge of bankruptcy several times. At one of those moments, Vincent Tan bought it. The eccentric Malay is known for his controversial activities at Cardiff City. But he also has other football assets (such as FC Sarajevo). He didn’t make any special attempts to turn Kortrijk into a local grandee, but the team managed to become a regular in the country’s top division. And now the Guys were able to step up: if they took only 14th place in the previous, now they have real chances to complete the regular championship in the Conference League group. In December, Kortrijk gained three victories in a row. After the winter break, the team cannot repeat such results, but competitors are not without misfires and failures. However, it is obvious that all teams will fight to the last, and at least one contender will be superfluous.
Since 2019, Charleroi has never lost head-to-head matches against Kortrijk: three victories and three draws each. On the other hand, the Zebras gained their last win a year ago (away in January 2021). Now Charleroi will play at home, and this factor should outweigh even the absence of Nicholson. We bet on the hosts to win.