Oostende vs Waasland Beveren by Gilles
Oostende lost its first 2 games. In the first match at home, KVO lost against Royal Mouscron 0-1, in the middle of a qualification campaign in Europa League (vs. Marseille; out KVO lost 4-2, at home it ended 0-0). Mouscron played better then expected, and KVO wasnt effective with their chances and were probably also with their head at next european game. In the second match they lost 1-0 at Anderlecht. After a good, but exhausting game against Marseille and without its captain, KVO didnt show much in an overall poor game against a poor Anderlecht. KVO signed a very good defender with Lombaerts. KVO had a big bench last season, amoung others Ovono (season 15/16 1st goalkeeper) and Dimata (striker) are sold. Cyriac will maybe leave too.
Selection KVO: Proto, Dutoit, Rozehnal, Lombaerts, Tomasevic, Bossaerts, Milic, Capon, Vandendriessche, Jonckheere, Ozkan, Jali, Siani, Canesin, El Ghanassy, Banda, Conte, Akpala, Cyriac and Musona(unsure)
Out: Rajsel, Berrier, Rezaeian and Zivkovic
Although Waasland-Beveren have only 2 points out of 6 in the first 2 matches, they are considered a seasonstart surprise. Against Genk they surpised with a draw (3-3) on the first day of the season. At home they also played a draw against KV Mechelen (2-2). The new coach Clement is considered the brain behind this good start from W-B. Clement was 5 year assistent coach at Club Brugge (with Preud'homme, cup 14/15, cupfinal 15/16, champion 15/16 and runner-up 16/17). W-B also did a good transfer with Morioka (2 goals vs. Mechelen). W-B best player Gano (2goals vs. Genk) may possible leave the club soon.
Selection W-B: Demir, Moren, Buatu, Boljevic, Gano, Cerigioni, Michel, Seck, Angban, Goblet, Jans, Ampomah, Caufriez, Cools, Myny, Morioka, Schryvers, Camacho, Janssens and Geentjens
Out: De Schutter, Vanzo and Schwartz
I think KVO will take its first 3 points this season with a home win. Losing both previous matches is quite understandable. Normally Mouscron should not be a problem when playing against them on home soil (maybe Mouscron is also undervalidated, they are considered relegation candidate n°1). But, playing the season opener just between a trip to Marseille were KVO gave all they have to make a good european debute, and the first european home game in the clubs history the week afterwards. I think KVO had other things on their head then winning the home opener of the season. Also, losing against the champion of 2016-17 at their home opener of the season (Anderlecht) isnt a big disgrace after an impressive 0-0 at home against Marseille. The captain Siani will also returns from suspension after he took red against Mouscron. Oostende also has a difficlut schedule in the first half of the season, next week against Eupen is still oké (but Eupen will also look for points), but after that it will be almost all hard fought matches to get points. KVO should take 3 points today. Waasland-Beveren plays good football under Clement. Both teams to score seems to have a good chance (home team win and both teams to score @3.15 also good possibility!!), but I rather keep this bet simple and safe. With Lombaerts signed they maybe want to see a clean sheet at KVO. Gano is probably gone leave for another european club, so maybe scouts will watch this match, because KVO is a good opponent and it is easy to travel with a near airport (can give either extra motivation or too much stress tho).
Pick KV Oostende to win @1.72 at Unibet. gl
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* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.