Oostende take on the visitors Waasland-Beveren at “Versluys Arena” in the gameweek three of the Belgian Jupiler League. The match will be played in Ostend on Saturday, August 12th.
Oostende finished last season sitting on the fourth place in the Jupiler League. However, the team has failed at the start of this season: the Belgians had a bad luck in the Eurocups’ draw having received Marseille which were quite impressive and, as a result, “De Kustboys” were knocked out 0:0, 2:4. Moreover, in the Belgian elite division Oostende lost both their encounters: vs. Mouscron 0:1 and vs. Anderlecht 0:1. Yves Vanderhaeghe’s side managed to score only two goals for and six goals against in four clashes of the season.
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In previous season Waasland-Beveren performed at their usual average level, having not claimed for the Eurocups nor being under the threat of relegation. The team entered the season with two draws: 3:3 against Genk and 2:2 vs. KV Mechelen. The side scored a lot, however, it also conceded regularly that prevented Waasland-Beveren from gaining a victory. It may look strange, but despite the mid-table status, the team has not been defeated on the road since the 1st of April across five clashes in a row.
Oostende have not been beaten by Waasland-Beveren in last five head-to-heads recording four triumphs and a single draw in them. I believe that this time as well the hosts will get some points and will break unlucky series at the start of the season.
Prediction for the match: Oostende to win.