The big winners this weekend were Anderlecht and Zulte Waregem. Anderlecht, beset by injuries and suspensions, fielded a young side, went to Genk and returned with the three points. Kara’s early dismissal did help JVDB’s boys. Remarkably, despite the talk of crisis, Anderlecht are the ‘form’ team in the JPL. Later, Zulte Waregem beat Bob Peeters’ Waasland-Beveren and moved to equal second – Zulte continue to beat expectations. The Standard-Club Brugge clash was disappointing and scoreless, and there were only 16 goals in the JPL’s eight games – lowest so far! Now there’s a break – much needed by Mons, no wins to-date.
JPL Top six: Standard Liege 34 points, Genk 32, Zulte Waregem 32, Anderlecht 31, Club Brugge 30, Lokeren 26.
JPL Leading scorers: Santini (Kortrijk), Harbaoui (Lokeren) both 11, Batshuayi (Standard) 10, Thorgan Hazard (Zulte) 9, Vossen (Genk) 8, Habibou (Zulte Waregem), Kljestan (Anderlecht) both 7.
Main results: Lokeren 4 KV Mechelen 0, Cercle Brugge 3 Kortrijk 1, Standard 0 Club Brugge 0, Genk 0 Anderlecht 1, Zulte Waregem 2 Waasland-Beveren 0.