Anderlecht vs Waregem by Meese
Anderlecht simply can't find their good form this season, as the team comes from yet another defeat in Jupiler League with narrow 0:1 loss at home against Genk. The game itself was actually quite boring one, with neither of the teams looking very dangerous in attack and willing to risk. Still, the guests were the ones to take the lead in 50th minute via Aidoo standing well in the defense till the end of the match when the hosts tried to risk more and attack better but without real goal scoring chances created.
Anderlecht is now at fifth position only, with a 5-3-3 record and already twelve points less than leaders from Club Brugge and for example, just two points more than out of play-off ranked Zulte Waregem. As for the Champions League, they suffered another defeat 0:4 at home against PSG now standing at fourth position without a goal scored in first three matches and with ten conceded, obviously showing that their form and current ability is far below needed standards.
Midfielder Andy Najar (1/0) is already long term asbentee with a knee injury, while same problem has central back Uros Spajic (8/1) who remains doubtful.
Zulte Waregem, on the other side, suffered quite embarassing defeat last weekend when the team welcomed Waasland-Beveren in a 2:5 loss. Guests entered the match better, taking the lead in seventh via Thelin, while the hosts leveled up from the penalty kick in 17th minute via Hamalainen, but Thelin again brought the visitors into the lead in 20th minute, also opening the second halftime in the best way, with his third goal in 46th minute.
Hosts replied back couple of moments later via De Pauw, but the guests were more resilient in attack and deserved the victory sealing it with goals from Ampomah and Thelin again towards the end of the clash. Waregem is now on a run of three consecutive defeats in Jupiler League, being currently on seventh position with two points less than play-off placed Mouscoron and in need of points for this one. As for Europa League, the team managed to take their first point last Thursday evening at home against Vitesse in a 1:1 draw, being already close to being eliminated after group stage having five points less than second placed Nice.
Goalkeeper Sammy Bossut remains injured, but anyway the veteran isn't their first choice meaning that the coach should have fully available team.
- Anderlecht have scored at least 2 goals in their last 9 matches against Zulte-Waregem.
Anderlecht is under pressure and surely going for all three points in this one, while the visitors anyway remain very threatening and surely want a positive outcome after three consecutive defeats. Anderlecht has what it takes to get the victory and it would be simply too much not to score again in front of own crowd, while the players of Zulte remain very dangerous and surely have quality to score against unimpressive hosts at the back.