The Belgians, who finished fifth in the Belgian Pro-League last season, came out of the draw first and so will host Steve Bruce’s men in the first leg at the Daknamstadion on Thursday August 21st, with the return at the Circle a week later.
The convenience of the trip when one considers a handy ferry connection between Hull and Zeebrugge (a short train ride from Lokeren) suggests that take-up of away tickets for this one may be very brisk indeed. The winners will go into the group stages of the Europa League and guarantee themselves further continental occasions for the rest of 2014 at least, so the incentive to win will be considerable.
City qualified for the play-off round after beating AS Trenčín 2-1 at the KC last night, winning also 2-1 on aggregate. KSC Lokeren enter the competition at this stage. They also reached the play-off round two seasons ago but lost to Viktoria Plzeň of the Czech Republic.