Oostende vs Charleroi by Meese
Oostende names their interim coach as a head coach (Adnan Custovic) after their defeat against Club Brugge at home a week ago, but the side didn't show much improvement under him, neither in their next game when they stood narrowly defeat on the road against St Truiden 1:0 last Saturday evening.
It was more open game than the final result shows, however with home team being more concrete in attack and having more chances, taking the victory late in the match since they were more willing to risk and looked like having more energy left - finally taking the lead in 89th minute with a goal from Legaer. This was now second consecutive defeat for Oostende, side that remains at the rock bottom position with just five points earned, still just three less than first safely placed side Mechelen.
Home team misses forward Nicolas Rajsel as long term absentee who didn't perform so far in the season, but also midfielder Michiel Jonckheere (4/1) due an ankle injury. Midfielder Emmanuel Banda (4/0), forward Richairo Zivkovic (2/0) and defender Mathias Bossaerts (no performance so far) are doubtful coming from injuries. Defensive midfielder and team captain Sebastian Siani (10/1) is suspended for this one.
Charleroi, on hte othe side, continues flying high in Jupiler League in the new season, still keeping the second position at the table despite the fact that they come from two draws most recently - at home against Eupen and on the road last weekend away to Lokeren in a 1:1 draw.
However, must be said that they were actually better than the opponents in both game, but the victory didn't came. Players of Lokeren entered the match in the best possible way, scoring a goal in second minute via de Ridder, while the players of Charleroi stood better for the complete rest of the time. They probably even deserved to revert the scoreline already in first halftime, but only managed to level up the result in 66th minute via Benavente having no energy left for that extra punch later on. As said, the side stands at second position now, having eight less than Club Brugge and two more than third placed St Truiden, maybe more importantly - having six points more than out of play-off rounds placed Waregem.
Guests continue missing out defender Steeven Willems (no performance so far) and midfielder Jordan Remacle (also didn't perform), both as long term absentees due knee problems.
Players of Charleroi have shown so much more in the season and I can't see anything but them walking away with something in this one. Since the odds are giving us some extra value, I'm willing to go with a bit more riskier option still having in mind that they are way closer to obtain all three points, even though the draw remains possible as well.