Yesterday saw the end of the JPL action for another weekend (unfortunately) with just three matches remaining in the regular season. I always prefer the regular season to Playoffs. Maybe it’s because that’s what normal leagues do and I’m a routine kinda guy, but a Playoff system is what we have, which makes the run in more exciting.
Obviously those going into the top six won’t have title aspirations, but European football is a certain possibility. What’s even better is that out of those six jostling for fifth and sixth, you have Kortrijk, Antwerp, STVV and Beveren. That’s not me saying I don’t want Genk or Standard getting in there, but I had them down for top six anyway. With either of those getting into Europe via a Croky Cup win anyway, one may well miss out altogether come the end of May.
I have no preference over who gets in there, but I was disappointed at the last minute equaliser last night by Amallah just so it can make things even closer! Mouscron really pushed for the win as much as their visitors, going by my matchday sources, and I’ll reiterate, I have no favourites, meaning as much as I wanted Beveren to win, Mouscron showed battling qualities which has seen them survive this season AND secure their place in the Pro League for another campaign.
Talking of not giving up. With 10 men, Standard grabbed what could be a vital point away at Charleroi, who again dropped points, just like the rest of the top 3 again. In saying that though, Gent threw away a golden chance to gain ground, but showed why I rate them so much, not only through coming back, but nearly actually taking all three points. Both bottom clubs like to keep things interesting. Eupen like to give away points as much as Mechelen. De Kakkers have lost 4 points against two huge clubs in recent weeks, away from home as well.
Full credit to Mouscron, Standard and Mechelen because I didn’t think they’d get points this weekend and they all managed a point. It goes to show if you don’t win, then certainly don’t lose, because Standard are keeping that top six fight interesting, Mouscron are now safe because of that point, and if Mechelen stay up by a point, I’m sure their fans would’ve taken that before kick off!
I think because nobody wants to capitalise on Brugge’s lack of wins, as it always has been, the league is theirs to lose because if Gent aren’t winning either, that eleven point gap just isn’t getting smaller. At least we have a fascinating relegation tussle, which Mechelen are literally winning on points, and an exciting battle for the top six, which if you remember, I had Antwerp and Beveren squeaking it, but nobody literally knows what will happen as every week you can’t call it in the Pro League. I LOVE IT.