The title says it all. Not much going on except at the bottom where Mouscron and Westerlo will fight for survival. The league kicks off at the same time so only results in their matches will matter first before finding out how the other did.
Starting with the bottom two, their respective fixtures are as tough as each other. Westerlo are at home which is an advantage, but with Genk’s stunning midweek win in Europe, it’s so tough. Whereas Mouscron travel to Kortrijk which isn’t as tough on the pitch, but it is away and I’m sure a home fixture would give Mouscron more of a chance. Regardless it is a huge day for both going forward into next season especially for fans and players.
At the other end, the top 2 are both at home and have very similar teams in terms of quality travelling to face them. Club Brugge host 14th place St Truiden and Anderlecht have 13th place Beveren who have been better on their travels than at home. The same can’t be said for St Truiden who are vastly better at home than away. I’m sure the outcome in both matches will be home win but you never know, especially with my predictions!
The two games of the weekend for me are Gent vs Mechelen, where the home team would love nothing better than to win as an apology for their awful result from Thursday, although Mechelen are proving to be real quality going into the playoffs. Beating Anderlecht last week proved that and they will definitely be a tough but to crack. The other match is Standard Liege vs Oostende. Even though positionally it’s 9th vs 4th, it’s 2 teams fighting for a performance, firstly because Standard would like to end the regular season on a high in front of their own fans and Oostende would like to build some momentum leading up to the Belgian Cup.
And speaking of Belgian Cup, Zulte Waregem travel to Eupen, which is tough in itself going by the way the hosts have ended their season. Zulte will probably feel the same as Oostende in terms of momentum, but nothing will be guaranteed here. Finally we look at Lokeren who entertain Charleroi, a team in the same mould as Mechelen who have been equally as impressive. Lokeren however have been better against the top teams than the lesser teams this calender year so Charleroi won’t have it all their own way, but Lokeren have been playing too well overall, so like any football match, who knows?
Even though goals are never a certain, I have a feeling that the league average recently of around 3 goals a match may just continue due to it being the final match before the league separates into the real business and what will be the determining factor for the next which will decide money, stature, signings, outgoings player wise and managerially. The importance of the weeks thereafter this round of matches is what’s key and it can start with Sunday.
Til next time…