With not long left the season is proving to be unpredictable at both ends of the table still and even in the middle, as teams are aiming to be in the mix for European qualification places and maybe the latest of late surges for the title? And we start tonight actually with 2 teams vying for three points, as they are desperately needed for both, with Westerlo welcoming leaders, just, Club Brugge.
I’m a believer that match timings actually do help a lot with both winning the league and relegation battles, although with relegation, wins are always needed. Brugge haven’t looked too convincing for a little while now which has seen Anderlecht draw level on points before this week’s round of matches, and maybe getting their affairs out the way early before the other contenders may ease some pressure.
Going into Saturday there’s some great matches, whether it’s due to where the teams are evenly matched through league position or on recent form. For example, Mechelen host Lokeren. Not mouth watering I know, but thanks to Lokeren they’ve taken four points off of the top 2 very recently and will hope that home form can be taken away to Mechelen who themselves climbed the table last week, and halted Kortrijk’s mini run in the process.
Speaking of Kortrijk, they travel to Eupen, who gave themselves a massive boost last week winning 1-0 away with the latest of late winners via their young hotshot Henry Onyekuru away at Gent. But with Kortrijk having 2 hotshots at their own disposal, I’m not confident Eupen will keep a clean sheet tomorrow night.
With that last sentence being said, I feel the same about St Truiden as they travel to Zulte Waregem. Both teams lost last time out, one convincingly at home in De Limburges Derby last friday night in De Kanaries case, ad the other who may have looked to have been dismantled, but put up a good fight in Zulte away at Anderlecht and Mbaye Leye will be hungry for more goals I’m sure.
The last match to discuss on Saturday is huge at the bottom with Mouscron taking on Beveren. This match may be low on quality in all honesty by high on pressure, hopefully appetite and dedication, and hopefully high on goals! Mouscron will be hoping to win, not just because they’re bottom, but to keep in touching distance with those above, plus if Beveren win, they’re all but safe so three points are basically both teams only option.
Sunday sees the three impressive Europa League teams play. All three matches are acttually great, starting with Standard Liege and Gent. Standard finally won last time out with an uninspiring 1-0 away win against Beveren. Gent however through away even a point again Eupen, but with that morale boosting win over Tottenham, this could be feisty more than anything.
Later Oostende host Anderlecht which is still so important for both teams at the top of the table, both knowing and able to digest what Brugge had already done 2 nights previous, and we end with Genk taking on Charleroi, which again is the 3rd mouth watering match of the Sunday, and will conclude the week where every point is vital leading up to the play off situation in Belgium!