This weekend could see the crowning of champions at the champions. Anderlecht travel to Bruges knowing a win will seal their first title in a couple of seasons and could be the perfect send off for Youri Tielemans, winner of the best player with African Descent, and start a party just an hour’s train journey west for the fans from Brussels!
Play Off 1
And as stated above, a huge, MASSIVE game will take place on Sunday which can decide where the title ends up this season. Both teams will strive for it, knowing that realistically these 2 are the only 2 fighting for it. Both teams!s have had their own injury concerns this week and nothing less than a full blooded performanceis needed, more so from Club Brugge in my opinion than their visitors. Absolutely fascinating encounter knowing a mistake could make or break a season!
Before that though are 2 big fixtures in terms of quality and entertainment. Saturday sees Zulte Waregem hosting Oostende who have been very good as of late, especially last weekend defeating Gent at home. Not just because Gent are decent, but because De Kustboys came back from behind and then held on in the latter stages. Zulte, who have just drifted since winning the cup probably can’t wait for next season. Looking ahead they’ve acquired Sandy Walsh, but lost goalscoring full back Henrik Dalsgaard going in the opposite direction. I just wouldn’t be surprised seeing an away win.
Lastly Charleroi travel to Gent. Knowing any result can happen, the only thing I have an inkling of happening is a goal from Yuya Kubo. The Japanese always shows up and at home against Charleroi, knowing a Champions League qualifying place is still a possibility, Gent still have to plow on. Les Zèbres are as good as well as unpredictable sometimes and with little to play for in the grand scheme of things, this could mean a free and expressive performance from the away side.
Play Off 2A
Still with so much to play for, this group has been exceptional throughout. Starting tonight, Standard who have shown a bit of fight, but not sustainable fight, take on Mechelen, hoping to steal a lead over those around them and getting an early 3 points before the weekend. It won’t be easy with Liege being at home, but Mechelen have to show that quality, and you could say determination through their drab 1-0 wins they grabbed throughout these play offs.
With that said, if Mechelen grab that win, Union Saint Gilloise or Sint Truiden could lose ground. Sint Truiden hold the cards with a better goal difference, but goal machine Gerkens has had an injury this week which may rule him out, meaning somebody else will have to step up this weekend. Like Kubo for Gent, Rajsel has been amazing for USG and a home win would be the right medicine for the second tier outfit.
If either or all 3 slip up, Lierse are ANOTHER team who have crept up out of nowhere and could nip into a Europa League qualifying place. But travelling to a Zinho Gano inspired Beveren, the Freethiel will be a tough place to visit right now for Lierse. The great thing about this group, and it includes these 2, is that every side has had a stand out player, and Manuel Benson has been Lierse’s, hoping his energy and creativity, as well as eye for goal could help with the run in!
Play Off 2B
In a group which gave up quite quickly, Genk have qualified for the play off and they travel to Mouscron, who they demolished 6-0 last time out.
Saturday sees Eupen host Kortrijk and Roeselare go to Lokeren, 2 days before Lokeren unveil Samy Kehli as their new player for next season.
For me, the latter match has the bite and Eupen vs Kortrijk may have the goals. There’s not much to say for this group. Obviously if I were professional them yes, I’d have to pad this all out, but it’s my blog. I enjoy writing about these 6 teams but with the season over for 5 of them, I can’t see much else happening other than either goals or just nothingness.