After all this time, there I was think Mechelen have wrapped up the group. Many in PO2A have thought about playing in Europe next season, including Union Saint Gilloise, but STVV have really just decided they will.
Top with 2 matches to play, they’re away to Lierse, knowing probably just a win will do. 10 goals ahead of Mechelen right now and 3 points, their goal difference seems insurmountable. The other reason I think Sint Truiden will now progress, that’s if they win, is because Mechelen travel to the Staaien on the last matchday, not only knowing they’ll need a win if they, at worst, copy Sint Truiden’s result, but will need to win at least 6-0 at that.
Talking of Mechelen, they host USG, who have slipped themselves in these play offs. To be honest, going back to the first match week when I thought it’d be embarrassing for the second tier side throughout, I’ve been made to eat humble pie by them and they’ve performed remarkably well, regardless of their recent slump. The first !arch week also ended 3-0 to the Unionistes against Mechelen as well, so the host will not only want to over turn that, but keep on the pressure going into the last match.
Finally, Beveren play a Standard Liege side who, if the play offs started on Friday, they’d have some sort of form going into the last 9 matches. As this is the 9th match tonight, they’ll just have to play for pride against a Beveren side, who also at one point, battled Standard for who’s the worst in this group? Beveren kicked into gear quicker, but again all too late really, and have been impressive as of late, knowing that this is just one of those matches you play when the beach is calling louder than the pitch!