Zulte Waregem take on the visitors Lokeren at "Regenboogstadion" in the semi0final clash of the Belgian Europa League Play Offs. The game will be played in Waregem on Tuesday, May 22nd.
Zulte Waregem have easily won the Europa League Group A, having got nine victories and single draw against Leuven in 10 encounters conducted within their group with that draw happening in the very first matchday. I wouldn't say that it was simple group as Kortrijk, Mouscron and Waasland-Beveren sides are quite solid teams, however, “Essevee” faced no problems in the tackles against them, having thrashed Mouscron 5:1, broke Kortrijk 3:0 and destroyed Waasland-Beveren 8:0. Zulte Waregem have won last nine encounters in a row as well as four recent battles played at the home ground with 21:1 aggregated score. Thus, the side scored on average 3.5 goals per fight while its defense was the strongest one in Group A as it conceded on average less than a goal per game. Some of the footballers may not appear at the pitch in the forthcoming clash, still, they do not belong to the main squad and consequently it won't affect the hosts' play.
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In their turn, Lokeren have also won their Europa League Group , but not in the same confident manner, having earned six triumphs, three draws and a loss, battling with St. Truiden for the first place in the table till the very end. It should be noted that several key performers will not be able to help their teammates on Tuesday evening.
Zulte Waregem deserved four victories and single defeat in five recent head-to-heads against Lokeren conducted at their own turf. At the moment the upcoming hosts are on a good pace and it is them who must battle against Genk for a pass to the UEFA Europa League.
Prediction for the match: Zulte Waregem to win.