Zulte Waregem, the somewhat surprising home of Thorgan Hazard, could go the top of the Jupiler League tonight if Club Brugge slip up at Leuven. Zulte play cup-holders Lokeren, not the team they were last year, and should take the three points for their seventh victory.
Club Brugge go to Leuven before a visit to St James’ Park on Thursday. Lior Refaelov returns from injury but Ryan Donk is still out. Brugge are unbeaten this season – six wins and four draws – but Leuven are climbing the table. If Club Brugge’s minds are on the Europa League, Leuven could get a result.
Racing Genk (in fourth place) have gone five games without defeat at home and should be too strong for Beerschot who don’t travel well. Genk have brought in some good transfers and managed to bring on their young players – just the opposite to Standard!
Gent (in sixth) welcome Kortrijk (fifth) with new international ‘Petit Pele’ Mboyo starting for the home team. Kortrijk have only lost one in six and are never easy to play against.
Bottom club Cercle Brugge play KV Mechelen who have lost their last two games. Eidur Gudjohnsen will start his first game for Cercle. Lierse play Charleroi and that will almost be a relegation battle – in October!
The final game on Sunday will bring together Enzo Scifo’s Mons against Standard. Mons have only won one in four but have recuperated Jeremy Perbet. Standard will hope to keep the spirit they found in the battle of Sclessin two weeks ago; Standard will be without Regi Goreux and Jelle Van Damme (suspended) and Daniel Opare, Nacho Gonzalez, Seb Pocognoli and Marvin Ogunjimi (all injured).