My titles in the build up to these midweek fixtures are not only inspiring but original of course, however, enough of that. Thanks to last nights result in all groups really (apart from Play Off 2B) tonight seems all the better for it!
Play Off 1
Starting, of course, from the top in regards of numbering, etc. we see Oostende make the shortish journey east to Brugge, where the hosts in my opinion are out of the title race, battling with Gent for second, against an Oostende side with much talent, but not the nouse to take the game and result. Both winless in 6 matches, something’s got to give, and really, I feel the hosts are under more pressure than De Kustboys. Obviously there’s pressure put on every team, but this lack of form from the reigning champions will just make them edgier wanting the result as much as needing it.
Play Off 2A
After Union Saint Gilloise’s result last night, Mechelen or Sint Truiden can close the gap or even overtake the leaders. With Lierse upsetting the apple cart, it’s a case of who has more bottle or who’ll take their chances! Mechelen were less than convincing against Standard going by this result last night, nicking a 1-0 win at the weekend, whereas STVV failed against current leaders USG at home on Saturday, meaning they fell behind tonight’s opponents. The fact this is such a tight group, Lierse have now joined the race along with Beveren, so the fight for a Europa League play off match is certainly up for grabs!
Play Off 2B
Not much to say really, even if the match of the night, in my opinion, will take place in this group. Genk face KAS Eupen in what I felt could’ve been a mini play off within a play off, but the superiority of Genk and Eupen’s inadequacy to win, even if victory is just there in front of them, Genk just have to basically avoid defeat. With their points cushion and supreme confidence, this match could go anyway they want it to go.
Finally, Mouscron welcome Lokeren who have turned their form around, throwing away their own lead against Eupen before snatching a point, and winning at home last time out, with Tom De Sutter starring all round. And you have Mouscron, the goal hogs in the past 2 matches with 14 goals scored in their matches. Just a shame for them that 9 of those were against them, but still, this match could be a goalfest. However, if they tighten up, I can imagine a 1-0 Lokeren victory in honesty.
With all that said, these matches all have significance (apart from PO2B) which makes the matches themselves, and the outcomes, all the more fascinating!