As we edge closer to the play offs for the championship and title, there’s still plenty to play for in all aspects of the league. Some teams will sit where they currently are, with the likes of Lokeren, St Truiden and Kortrijk in my opinion and should look to consolidate and build for next season. But with things not settled at the top and bottom, every point is vital and the margins are bigger.
As always, we start on Friday night as Genk play their 3rd match in 7 days, and 2nd away game on the trot as they travel to St Truiden for De Limburges Derby. With St Truiden losing last time out to Westerlo, they’ll look to bounce back, and at home with Igor Vetokele, they will feel confident as their home form of late has been decent. With Genk only winning 2 away wins this season, De Kanaries will feel like they’ll have a chance, but in a derby, as everyone says, form goes out the window.
Saturday’s offering is very much top half vs bottom half. If I were a betting man, and I occasionally am, I’d say there’s three bankers on Saturday, with Oostende travelling to bottom side Mouscron, Charleroi hosting Westerlo and second bottom Eupen visiting 5th place Gent. With seasonal form all against the strugglers in their respective matches, it really does seem a formality from my point of view, regardless of Westerlo’s win last weekend and Mouscron’s spirited performance too. Eupen can just pray if they have a chance frankly.
Hopefully the saving grace is the Kortrijk – Mechelen fixture, mainly because of Kortrijk’s recent resurgence in form and majorly impressive away win against Standard Liege last time out. Teddy Chevalier seems to have rejuvenated their form and the side.
Sunday’s offering is a bit of a doozy, as Anderlecht host Zulte-Waregem at the Constant Vanden Stock! Anderlecht haven’t been all that at home this season whereas Zulte-Waregem have been fantastic away, so I’m sure this will be a tight, maybe even contest, but with so much at stake, neither side can afford to drop points.
With that game already over with, Club Brugge travel to Lokeren knowing three points is their only objective. With Jose Izquierdo winning the Golden Shoe this week, the side will be brimming with confidence. With Club Brugge being unbeaten against Lokeren since 2012 and winning 1-0 earlier in the season from a Lior Rafaelov penalty, it does look, again, as only one outcome is on the cards, but we’ll have to see.
Finally, Waasland-Beveren end the weekend of league football at home versus a wounded Standard Liege. This looks intriguing as Standard have in fact dropped there’s and Beveren will want to raise…Their standards…Get it? Anyway, I don’t know why but I just feel that goals are on the cards in this match as Liege really would want to prove something and Beveren will know what they’ll need to do from the day before.
All I know is that it doesn’t look like many upsets will occur, but this is football, Belgian football, and anything can happen, that’s for sure.