The weather here has decided to stay freezing cold, as expected, but the sun is out and the snow has gone. I hate snow now that I’m getting older, and can drive, but when it’s cancelling the football, I hate it even more. What’s lucky for me is that I was genuinely tempted to try and go to Club Brugge vs Charleroi on Wednesday, until I realised it was West Ham vs Arsenal.
But back to Pro League football. Another eight huge matches where the consequences could be big for every club. Of course I don’t know everyone’s targets and some will still be exceeding what they originally targeted back in July. The only problem is if those clubs begin to ‘switch off’ now, even with plenty of time left in the season.
Without being too harsh, I have to pick on Mouscron who continuously let themselves down after their superb early season performances. They host Oostende who’ll be smarting after failing in the Croky Cup this week and will look to bounce back after their mini blip in form. And moving on, Standard host Gent where both had mixed fortunes in the cup this week. Les Rouches progressed whereas De Buffalos were hammered at Kortrijk. The thing is, I feel Gent’s superiority will shine here, even at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.
These are all leading onto another very nicely as Kortrijk welcome Mechelen. De Kakkers had a week off this week from the Cup whereas Kortrijk looked fantastic. Another 4 at home for Kortrijk? I doubt it, but I do feel a home win is on the cards here for De Kerels. Eupen face STVV in a match where I really believe Claude Makélélé will get his first win. Sint-Truiden, like Mouscron, seem to have hit the buffers, where Eupen look progressively better. The reverse fixture saw the end for Jordi Condom, but I’m sure the Frenchman in charge of the Pandas will have more chances beyond tomorrow.
Lastly on Saturday is a derby where Lokeren picked up their first league win this season. However, I feel Beveren will emerge the victors as they’re plodding along nicely. When you have Lokeren sitting second bottom, another Saturday match for these 2 where they’ve both been average, as I stated this week on a Saturday.
Sunday sees the top 3 play, with one humongous offering. Club Brugge, who’ll be a bit fresher than Anderlecht hoped, in a huge match that could see how far Anderlecht have fallen this season, after last weeks defeat to Charleroi. I honestly can only see a Brugge win. Oozing with confidence with an outstanding attack. I don’t think Les Mauves stand a chance.
Charleroi vs Genk and Zulte Waregem vs Antwerp see us out. I’ve seen many predict a Genk win somehow. Les Zébres look fantastic. The only way I feel Genk will win is if Charleroi don’t turn up. The inevitable sacking of Stuivenberg saw how poor Genk have been and with many saying it could’ve been player power, then shame on those players. Waregem would finally love a league win. Essevee have won 1 match since the end of September. Appalling really, although I do blame Europa League football. But Antwerp have levelled slightly and will hope for anything positive in my opinion. The only other problem for Waregem is that they’ve only gained one point from the Sunday 7pm matches.
With one real major stand out fixture, with 2 other very good offerings on Sunday and the Lokeren-Beveren derby, actually, now I’ve typed this, this weekend looks great. Not forgetting Standard-Gent too! Underestimated league with a plethora of quality and stand out fixtures, no doubt the predictably unpredictable could well occur again.