Its safe to say, easing their way back into the groove of things may not be correct, but after 2 weeks away from action, and I mean real action, not meaningless friendlies between each other like this week where Mouscron defeated Royal Antwerp 2-1, these matches are where the action happens…
Play Off 1
Starting with tonight of course, where it’s a re-run of this season’s cup final. KV Oostende vs Zulte Waregem! You’d like to think the home team would like to get some sort of revenge in the way of victory, and like I’ve pointed out many times, their top 2 are clinical, and Zulte Waregem aren’t exactly resolute away from home against this top 6. But like last week, surprises can happen.
Saturday sees Club Brugge welcoming Charleroi. Brugge have had good news all round in the striking department where Wesley and Jelle Vossen’s injuries weren’t as bad as first feared, and they signed Elton Acolatse for next season. Brugge need to bounce back too ahead of Sunday’s fixture and Charleroi would like a victory in general as they haven’t won since the end of February, and haven’t won away since the second game of the year!
The last match I have to say could’ve been more thought out. On the one hand I think it’s a fitting way to (sorta) end the weekends matches this Sunday, but on the other, Anderlecht have a HUMONGOUS Europa League tie against Manchester United next week too! In all honesty, I really believe De Buffalo’s could take all 3 points here as they are on a high in the league, but will the Anderlecht cream rise to the top?
Play Off 2A
Waasland-Beveren is the destination of the first match in this group, hosting my Back in Time this week, Union Saint Gilloise, maybe still on a high from last week with that magnificent victory against Mechelen. If I had to predict, it may be a draw, because Beveren may have downed tools, but at home, they may need to turn up in some form in my opinion.
Thirty minutes later, Standard Liege host Sint Truiden where, again, the away team took the points last week, but I just don’t see that happening this week. Standard, with Belfodil and Orlando Sa may just prove their worth, and in this group Liege need to really start getting three points on the board and fast!
On Sunday, Mechelen, who I feel will reach these Play Off 2 play offs in the end, have the tough task of Lierse. Lierse, following trend, also won last week. However, and I said this last week, I can only see a Mechelen win if they put their strongest line up out. I really felt they’d walk this group with the way their season went, but maybe that last day disappointment hit them harder than we thought?
Play Off 2B
Again, this group kick off all on Saturday, and I’m starting at the Daknamstadion. Lokeren were taken apart quite badly by Genk last week and in front of their home crowd, much like Standard and Mechelen, they’ll have to show the fans they mean some business. They are formidable at home, and Kotrijk aren’t the greatest full stop! Kortrijk hadn’t won for nearly 2 full months til last week, so they’ll certainly have to continue ‘easing’ their way back in and record back to back victories.
Mouscron face Eupen Saturday, probably still thankful they’ll be in the top flight next season frankly. They played well last week which shows they aren’t exactly just seeing the season out, but I’m sure Eupen may fancy themselves as dark horses to top this group if things go their way? With Onyekuru they will always have a goal option which is vital no matter which team you are.
Lastly, Roeselare have such an uphill task in my opinion. I knew Genk would win last week but not so emphatically, and this week I’m sure they’ll fancy their chances, even if they consider resting players ahead of the Celta Vigo clash. Roeselare played really well…For 45 minutes. Now they’re at home, they may feel they have more of a chance, and facing Genk, they may raise their game like some clubs do, but with the Anderlecht comment earlier, will Genk rise to the top as they should I’m this group?