Five matches have taken place this weekend so far and to be honest, only one club has really shined in my opinion (no offense to the other 9) and that club is Eupen. Every match seems more vital when I see every result come in because no club is safe, and no club is guaranteed a top 6 place in a league where I wrote predictions on what I believe and should have an idea of, and I rarely I get them right in any way!
Starting with Friday, a match where I thought the home team would win because Standard haven’t been magnificent away from home, and Mouscron will prove me wrong because every week I feel the bubble will burst. Unfortunately for me and Mouscron I was wrong. Liege took a first half lead through and own goal by Sebastien Locigno. In a game of scrappy goals, Taiwo Awoniyi poked home on the line from a scrap on the goal line. But Les Rouches didn’t give up and Orlando Sa nodded home with 20 minutes to go. Edmilson Junior added a poor penalty to round off the win and give Standard their 3rd league win in 4 matches.
Last night saw Charleroi continue their poor run at the Daknamstadion. One win in six and like Mouscron, Les Zèbres have hit a sticky patch which still sees them in second place, but edging further away from Club Brugge (unless Brugge lose). Steve De Ridder put Lokeren into the lead and I did think it’d be another disastrous week for Charleroi. A magnificent goal by Christian Benavente couldn’t salvage anything but a point, and I’m not sure what’s going on at Charleroi regarding form. Lokeren can spring a surprise but Charleroi are just petering out right now and need another scrappy 1-0 win somewhere.
Eupen stole the show though with a superb 4-1 win against Mechelen at home. Eric Ocansey set the ball rolling with 2 goals in 8 first half minutes. Then Nicolas Verdier bagged what I think was his first of the season? And against his old club it was inevitable. A three goal lead, until Bouriema Bande pulled a goal back for Mechelen before the break. Yannick Ferrera brought on Mats Rits and Stefan Drazic to try and salvage anything because Genk managed a draw from this position very recently. Instead, Luis Garcia rounded off the scoring and it was a penalty!!! Condemning Mechelen to another defeat. Rits and Coosemans spoke with the fans after and I do feel Ferrera’s days are numbered unfortunately, although I did believe this about a month ago. Eupen however blew them away and were deadly in front of goal.
Sint Truiden hosted Oostende in a match I thought would be a draw. Not less said the better, but the important action happened in the 89th minute when Jonathan Legear hit am important winner for De Kanaries in the 89th minute. Again Oostende lose vital points in the dying minutes 2 weeks in a row. They’d still be bottom but only by a point. Their goal difference doesn’t help really so they’d still be bottom of if they win and Mechelen lose next time out, unless there’s a glut of goals in each. STVV bounce back to get their first league win since the Limburges derby just over a month ago! So vital for Jonas De Roeck.
Lastly, we come to the match where I thankfully saw the 2nd 45 minutes. Kortrijk hosted Gent in a match where it was a tough watch for the first 15 minutes. By Moses Simon struck a decent effort just outside the reach of Kaminski. I did feel that Kortrijk had given up even then, but a superb volley by Herve Kage lot up the last quarter of an hour where it could’ve finished 4-4! Brilliant ending to the match where maybe Gent shaded it, but a decent second half. Gent are still on the climb since Vanderhaeghe’s arrival and Anastasiou can take a lot of positives from the match too to be honest.