Beveren vs Club Brugge by Isaiah
Beveren obviously improved after the restart of the season as the team now comes from their fourth game without a defeat, more importantly taking a three pointer away from home against Antwerp last Friday evening with a 1:2 result.
Even though they stood back in the scoreline in eighteenth minute via goal from Oulare, visiting side fought really well and leveled up in last moments of first halftime via Angban. They reverted the scoreline in 49th minute from a penalty kick taken by Thelin, while the home side remained better till the end and probably has right to feel harsh that they have lost the game, however players of Beveren did everything needed to secure the victory and scored goals, something that matters the most.
As said, they are now in a pretty decent form, coming from fourth game without loss, being at seventh position with four points less than play-off placed side Genk and need something out of this clash in order to stay with decent chances in this play-off positions race.
Midfielder Tuur Dierckx (20/2) is out with a knee injury, while doubtful remain defender Valtteri Moren (14/0) and forward Floriano Vanzo who anyway didn't perform this season.
Club Brugge, on the other side, is not in the perfect possible form at the moment, coming from two games without a victory run in Jupiler League, but also exclusion in semi-finals of Belgian Cup as they got kicked out of the competition from Standard Liege.
Last weekend, the side welcomed Charleroi and took just a point in a 3:3 draw, once again showing quite unreliable performance in the defense and too many defensive errors for the side of their reputation and quality. Overall, must be said that they didn't deserve the victory that much, as the clash looked like a pretty balanced one, with the guests taking the lead twice in first halftime (via Ilaimaharitra and Hendrickx, while Limbombe temporarily leveled up, with Vormer missing the penalty later on.
Even though the hosts reverted the scoreline with improved performance in second, thanks to goals from Vanaken and Wesley, they were punished for sloppy behavior towards the end via goal from Rezaei in 80th minute. Despite the setbacks, they remained first at the table with eleven points more than second placed Charleroir and are still red hot favorites for the new title.
During the midweek, the side won over Standard Liege in second leg of the semi-finals clash 3:2, but it wasn't enough to progress after almost humiliating 4:1 defeat in the first leg.
Defenders Benoit Poulain (11/1) and Saulo Decarli (10/1) are both sidelined with injuries, with doubtful remaining offensive midfielder Lior Refaelov (8/0) and midfielder Thibault Vlietnick (2/0).
- Waasland-Beveren have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Club Brugge.
Beveren is in a decent momentum and could appear bit more relaxed here knowing that they play against the strongest side in the country and having little to lose. Club Brugge, on the other side, surely wants to get back on the winning track after recent setbacks and I see them attacking from the first moment.
It's something that promises overall quite open game with the visitors being favorites, while their defensive lineup anyway isn't anywhere close to a perfectly working one.