I was out yesterday wandering around, no cares, just casually going about my business. Had a nice meal last night in a Mexican restaurant and got back late, keeping abreast the Europa League results where, the less said the better. And then I realised it’s Friday today and I’ve given no thought to any Belgian football. The only thing I really took note of was Orlando Sa’s retweet from Standard Liege regarding Genk rocking up to the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.
And that’s where I’ll start, where tonight see’s a huge !arch early on this season. Both drawing their first matches after coming from behind in both, and with it being so early into the season, it can be tough to see where both teams are at. The fact they both didn’t crumble after going behind and won a point, I’m guessing the far more deflated will be De Smurfen who also threw away victory too. The likelihood of a home win is greater in my opinion.
Saturday see’s…hmmm…a lot less glamorous fixtures taking place. We begin with two teams where one will definitely lose their 100% record. Mouscron, who shocked me, welcome Les Zèbres to town. Both won 1-0 last time out, and maybe Charleroi were less convincing with an 11th minute penalty sealing a home win. Mouscron may well surprise us again, with Mircea Rednic bolstering his squad this week with at least 3 signings that come to mind.
Following this is Kortrijk vs Lokeren and Beveren vs Mechelen. To be honest, these are the sort of matches where, no offence, I write about but in honesty, am I bothered? But then it gets to full time and there’s been 8 goals like Roeselare – Mouscron last season. You’re pleasant surprised. To be fair, Beveren taking on Mechelen looks the more… appetising, but all four are looking for their first win and Lokeren are looking more at keeping the scoreline down to a respectable figure.
Saturday finally ends with table topping Zulte Waregem, who demolished a lackluster Eupen last weekend, taking on a spirited Sint Truiden who picked up an impress and late victory at home against Gent on the first weekend. Zulte will look to carry on their form, but it won’t be as simple as last time out, and I’m sure STVV won’t commit so many errors either.
Sunday sees the, no offence, European rejects come out and play. Gent will hope to see three points at home against promoted Antwerp. Gent have performed pretty poorly in all honesty. Out of Europe altogether, it makes you think if they weren’t in the Championship play off last season at Mechelen’s expense, maybe Mechelen would’ve performed better? We’ll never know, but they may not have done any worse. Antwerp will look to last weekend as a huge positive and a stepping stone as on paper, they have had the toughest start out of all the teams thus far.
Sandwiched in between Gent – Antwerp and the final match is Anderlecht against Oostende. De Kustboys will be without Sebastien Siani who is suspended and that is a big blow. Oostende were embarrassed last weekend with that defeat to Mouscron. No offence to REM but I didn’t see anything but an Oostende win. Anderlecht play their first home league match and will hope to do a lot better than last weekend!
Finally see’s Club Brugge host hapless Eupen. Brugge, who lost to Istanbul Basaksehir will maybe have the league as their relief. They seemed to treat Lokeren like that last week with a huge marker of a result and will hope Dennis Bonaventure will have his shooting boots on again! Eupen on the other hand would probably treat this as a ‘free match’ and will just hope they’re not too embarrassed again?