I’m trying to be playful with my titles if you haven’t noticed? Trui-Den = True Then…get it? Anyway, Sint Truiden and an inspired Igor Vetokele have a chance of being one of the representatives from Belgium in Europe next season.
The Charlton Athletic loanee has been either extremely quiet, or injured to be fair, and I wanted to make him one of my PP’s this year, except he only ever seemed to turn up at home. However, the past 2 matches have seen him score 4 in 2 away from the Staaien and round off a fine PO2A for Truiden. Manuel Benson has been a shining beacon for Lierse but his opener in the first half seemed to be the only bright spark tonight. Cristian Ceballos who has also been outstanding seems to be clicking with the big striker, made it 3-1 on the night!
Mechelen, who technically can still top the group with an absolute rout on the last day did all they could do, winning in the only way they can in these play offs. Their fourth 1-0 victory just hasn’t been enough. With their real quality they should see teams off in a more stylish fashion, and when they’ve lost they’ve lost well, making their goal difference as -2 so far. Just not enough for the team I thought could’ve and probably should’ve been in the title winning group rather than part of the 12 outside. By the way, they hosted USG in case you were wondering. Noticed after proof reading I glossed over them completely!
Standard Liege carried on their fine form picking up yet another win, this time away at Beveren. Another 3-1 scoreline on the night and the second match in a row won by a 2 goal margin, without Sa and Belfodil has shown real togetherness, rather than relying on the quality two up front. It’s a shame Les Rouches have come to the party late, but their dreadful start has seen yet another favourite fall by the wayside.
Friday sees the end of the season for 5 of these team, most likely all but STVV who have been in and around the business end, deserving their chance against Genk!