After a week where the transfer window closed, and found out that this season’s Belgian Cup Final will be contested between Oostende and Zulte-Waregem, we are back to Pro League action and hopefully another barn storming week at that too.
And we start with another Friday night affair with Lokeren hosting Anderlecht, this time, allowing Les Mauves the chance to steal a march on the teams around them on the top. In all honesty, I can only see one winner here, with the home team not winning in the league since Dec 17th and Anderlecht just being…Well… Anderlecht.
Saturday’s offering is good, but not great with, for me, the stand out fixture being Eupen vs Waasland-Beveren, also known positionally as 13th vs 14th. With 3 points separating the bottom 4, these matches are more than vital, and Eupen haven’t won at home since Bonfire Night! That being said, Leandro Rodriguez will want to start this match with a bang, after hearing Everton fans quite happy he was out on loan.
The remaining fixtures are the mid-table clash between Standard Liege and Kortrijk, which is the earlier kick off, Genk vs a hardened looking Mouscron who are showing fight at the bottom, and Belgian Cup finalist Oostende, hoping to turn their league form around after a disappointing start to the year, playing KV Mechelen.
Sunday for me is a more entertaining day regarding the football, not socially for me anyway, as table topping Club Brugge look to bounce back against a fantastic Charleroi, who have climbed to fourth and are just 9 points behind Brugge now. Hamdi Harbaoui has shown how good he is on loan from Anderlecht, and of course he could help his parent club with a performance at the Jan Breydel Stadion.
Third place Zulte-Waregem will also hope to bounce back this weekend as they host Gent, Club Brugge’s conquerers from a week ago, which in a way, is a top of the table clash, but more an entertaining spectacle with 2 top teams slogging it out!
And last but no means least is Westerlo vs St Truiden, which could either aid or hinder Westerlo, knowing what sort of result they’d need they could help them climb the league or make them go bottom. A win is of course their only aim, but the pressure could mount leading up to kick off. And as far as St Truiden are concerned, I’m sure they just hope that Igor Vetokele’s form continues away as well as it does at home.
All I know is that there’s sure to be goals, mistakes, I’ve got the feeling at least one player will see red, and as always, a costly mistake!
Til next time