Of course not…right? Four matches. Twelve points to play for. Yet, have Mechelen risen after their Noreen start to take over this group? There has been tough competition throughout in this group, making this the best group, in my opinion, to write about in terms of excitement and intrigue with Standard Liege being the huge subplot amongst real quality.
That unfair on Standard, and as I’ve brought them up, I’ll start with them for the sake of typing out ‘Standard’ at the start. They play the last match of the night in this group as they travel to Sint Truiden who have been very good to say the least, even though they are a bit off the pace. The worrying thing for them I guess is will they hold onto Pieter Gerkens after being nothing short of indispensable to the club, scoring at an amazing rate and winning matches too. Standard FINALLY WON last time out, and as always, Orlando Sa and Ishak Belfodil are formidable, especially the Portuguese. With it being at the Staaien, you’d think maybe a home win is on the cards, but I wouldn’t put money on it.
Mechelen kick off the matches in this group with the leaders hoping to steal a march on those below them, facing a Beveren side I wrote off after the third match day. Beveren have just sorted themselves out and performed well in a narrow defeat last time these two met, hoping this time a positive result may go a long way, if not tonight but in the remaining matches left this season. No doubt it’ll be a Mechelen special, best known as a 1-0 win, but with every win it draws them closer to a show down with Genk.
Lastly it’s a second tier bonanza. That okay? Anyway, Lierse welcome Union Saint Gilloise who suffered a setback recently against this very opponent, as well as against Standard. But back to these two, USG need more than Nicolas Rajsel to turn up, who just like Pieter Gerkens, he may be saying au revoir to USG come the summer and looking at the top flight, if not maybe Ligue 1 in his native France?
When it’s all said and done, teams need to be vigilant incase Mechelen slip up, which is possible, and will hope to sneak in sooner rather than later…before it’s too late!