Yes…after a break from league football, the Pro League is back in action with a massive match tonight!
Play Off 1
Tonight’s affair is between Croky Cup Winners Zulte Waregem and regular season league leaders Anderlecht. For me, I’d try and treat all these play off matches as a clean slate, but seeing as all these teams have contested each other twice this season, the players probably can’t think like that. With the best of the best all playing each other as well, anything could happen on a Friday night!
Tomorrows meeting is between Charleroi and Oostende. Charleroi held the upper hand during the season in the meetings, but Oostende may be like a wounded animal after losing the Croky Cup final 2 weeks ago, so this should be a competitive and possibly tight match Saturday evening.
Sunday brings probably the best match for me. Gent, who sneaked into Play Off 1 on the last day, host champions Club Brugge. We’re talking about the champions visiting a real quality Gent side, who like Oostende in one way, may still be smarting from their Europa League exit and will want to finish the season positively.
Play Off 2A
Sint Truiden kick this section off Saturday night against a Beveren side, who in my opinion, performed really well towards the end of the regular season. Both totalling the same amount of points, this could be a tight match again on Saturday, with maybe the quality of Olivier Myny being the difference for the visitors.
The second match Saturday in Play Off 2A involves Mechelen, who just missed out on Play Off 1, travelling to Union Saint Gilloise. This should be a Mechelen win, let’s move on, and with Union winning just 5 at home, a home win doesn’t look too likely for me.
The final match in this segment involves Lierse hosting Standard Liege. Standard will want to do as well as they can because European football next season is key to them with signings and prestige, but if they continue in the same way they did in the league, I just cant see them getting into Europe overall, but they will fancy their chances in the Play Offs.
Play Off 2B
All these matches will be played Saturday night, with Kortrijk Vs Mouscron and Eupen Vs Roeselare kicking off simultaneously. In Play Off 2B I just feel that it’ll be 100% home wins in all 3 fixtures, but Mouscron proved how handy they are away at Kortrijk on the last day of the season.
Eupen, along with Beveren earlier, also impressed me towards the final stages of the season, and with Roeselare coming to town, I just feel the Pro League side will have too much tomorrow evening with their attacking strength.
The big fixture in this bracket kicks off 30 minutes after the other two, with Europa League quarter finalists Genk welcoming Lokeren. Lokeren have shown they can perform against the better teams, but thats mainly at home. With Pozuelo, Trossard and Samatta coming to the party, I just see one outcome here.
The thing with football, and especially in Belgium, is that Union Saint Gilloise, Lierse and Roeselare could all spring surprises, and with 2 of the 3 at home, there could be outcomes I for one don’t expect, but I just feel the favourites may just come out on top in the end.