Kortrijk vs Anderlecht
Kortrijk didn't have the best possible season previous time, as the side ended up the regular part of the season at the seventh position. They were only two points behind sixth placed Standard Liege and lost the Championship group play-offs ticket in last rounds of the competition (losing two out of last three rounds matches).
As for the Europa League playoffs, they failed to prove that they were favorites, ending it at the second position behind Zulte Waregem with nine points less than the winner of this group. They had a 6-1-3 record and generally didn't deserve more as they lost both matches against Waregem.
During the preparation period, we can say that they didn't impress actually. Amateur opponents they choose like Bissege, Mandel United and KRC Harelbeke were won with ease - however, didn't get many positive results against the rest of their rivals. They had draws against KSV Roeselare and Beerschot Wilrijk, while the side suffered also defeat against Metz a week ago with a 1:2 result.
Few players were brought into the team, including central defender Naderi from Iranian league, right back Golubovic from Novara, midfielder Kanu from Omonia and central back Hines-Ike from Orebro. Experienced striker Mboyo came from Sion. Right defender Atal has gone to Nice, while midfielder Makarenko has gone to Anderlecht. A couple of more players have left the club on a free transfer.
Anderlecht has very little reasons to be satisfied with their season as well, since the team never actually got going into the title race. They were twelve points behind league leaders from Club Brugge after the regular part of the season. Their record was 16-7-7 which is less than modest for a side that aims a title.
Things looked a bit better at the start of Championship Group, however, they totally disappointed in the end finishing the season with three straight defeats. Those three losses saw them finishing at the third position and staying even without the Champions League qualifying rounds ticket.
Apart from two starting lower profile sides, Anderlecht played against more reputable teams in the preparation period drawing against PAOK, Roeselare, and Westerlo. They have also won over Ajax 1:3 and recorded a 3:2 victory last weekend against Rennes in the last rehearsal game.
The club improved their squad more than fine this transfer period as they brought central defender Vranjes from AEK, left back Cobbaut from Mechelen, left midfielder Saief from Gent, offensive Bakkali from Valencia, Adzic from Crvena zvezda, defensive midfielder Makarenko from Kortrijk, striker Santini from Caen. Central defender Spajic left for Krasnodar, while offensive Trezegeut has gone to Kasimpasa. They invested over 16M euros just for the transfer fees.
- Kortrijk have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches against Anderlecht.
- Anderlecht are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 matches against Kortrijk.
Anderlecht has much more individual quality than their opponents and surely far bigger ambitions this season. They have invested a lot, but will surely need some time for the things to become fluid in their roster, however, already their pre-season matches were clearly showing that the side is on a nice way.
Kortrijk vs Anderlecht prediction
Anderlecht Wins @ 1.76 with Pinnacle