Last night we saw Kortrijk find their level. As they’re easing off now where they started so well, what was there, just isn’t now. Antwerp carried on their magnificent early season form with a 3-0 win. All three goals were of high quality and were all different by Owusu, Dequevy and Rodrigues.
With the 7 remaining fixtures, Saturday has matches where one of teams in each match needs a win more than the opposition. Oostende face Genk in the early match where, of course, they really need their first league win of the season. Managerless and rudderless they need to perform. Genk would also love a win but Oostende’s situation is a whole lot worse right now.
Then the middle matches include sides where they have just one league between them too. Thanks to the 2 sackings this week, I do think Mechelen and Eupen are one match away from losing their manager. Mechelen host Sint Truiden who have been a different class frankly. They are the Mechelen of last season and I wouldn’t be surprised by an away win.
The same can’t be said for Mouscron – Eupen. I can only see a home win. Eupen are the Mouscron of last season! (haha) Mouscron can be devastating if they perform as well as they have done at home against Gent and Club Brugge. Eupen aren’t terrible. They proved that in the derby last week, even though Standard seemed to dominate. However, I only see a home win.
Lastly tonight, another managerless club in the champions Anderlecht travel to Beveren. Les Mauves need Onyekuru firing still as he is their only hope right now. At the same time, Beveren need Ryota Morioka in the same form. I feel the likeliest result is actually a draw, unless Anderlecht finally turn up.
Tomorrow sees a huge match as the meat in the sandwich. But before then, the afternoon match is a doozy too! Gent welcome Zulte Waregem to the Ghelamco Arena. I do think an away win has the most chance. Gent finally managed their first win in the league last week, but against Oostende, that doesn’t count for much. Zulte for me just have too much quality even if Yuya Kubo finally found his shooting boots.
And now…Charleroi vs Club Brugge. This is the test to see if Charleroi can withstand the season in a title hunt. The only undefeated side in the league against the team at the top. Like many, again, I see an away win. I just think Brugge have the savvy to see off Charleroi who’s luck looks to be running out, especially after they threw away the victory last weekend to Beveren.
And finally…Standard Liege see us out of another weekend, at home to Lokeren. This match isn’t particularly make or break for either. I guess a draw if I had to pick a result. But another draw for Standard (if that did happen) wouldn’t be ideal. Lokeren have picked up as the season has gone and are finding their level now, whereas Standard have disappointed me so far.