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Action in Belgium, England, Greece and Netherlands for Bafana stars

Ayanda Patosi and his Lokeren side will hope to put back-to-back defeats behind them when they host Gent on Saturday, with their opponents without a victory in nine games.

Patosi needs a good December to persuade Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund that he deserves a place in his 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad, especially as Lokeren have blocked his call-up for the international friendly against Malawi on December 22.

Darren Keet’s Kortrijk are at struggling Waasland-Beveren, while third-place Genk, featuring South African Anele Ngcongca, travel to second-placed Zulte-Waregem, a side they beat 5-0 on Thursday in the Belgian Cup.

Steven Pienaar and Everton will hope to hold on to fourth place when they travel to Stoke City, always a daunting prospect given the physical nature of the Potters on Saturday.

In the Championship, Kagisho Dikgacoi and his Crystal Palace side visit struggling Birmingham City with the possibility of returning to the summit of the league if Cardiff City slip up at home to Peterborough United.

Dean Furman’s Oldham Athletic have won three of their last four games to move away from the relegation zone in League One, but they have high-flying Swindon Town on Saturday, a big test of their current form.

PAOK will play their final league match before the festive season break in Greece as they travel to PAS Giannina. Bongani Khumalo should line up for the visitors.

Ajax Amsterdam attacking midfielder Thulani Serero could potentially make a comeback from injury away at Willem II, though the match could come a bit soon for him. More reserve team action might be needed first.