Beveren take on the visitors Royale Union SG in the round of 1/8-finals of Belgian Cup. The match will be played on Thursday, December 7th at Freethiel Stadion (Beveren).
Beveren are having a weak start to the current season. The Lions once competed in the Jupiler League and could have returned this year, but the regulations let them down: only the winner of the second division, Molenbeek, secured promotion with just 1 point more, 69 against 68. It's evident that the team is struggling with this setback, as they have now fallen among the mid-table teams in their league, with diminishing chances of replicating the achievements of the 2022/2023 season. However, they have significantly improved since the end of October. During this period, following Excelsior Virton, Beerschot advanced in the country's cup, defeating the more prestigious Westerlo, a representative of the elite Belgian football division.
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Union Saint-Gilloise made a powerful return to the country's top division after a long hiatus. They almost immediately became champions, but experienced Brugge prevailed in the final stages of the prolonged 2021/2022 season. In the following edition, they secured the third spot but performed well in the Europa League. After their coach, Gerets, left, many feared a decline, but his successor, Blessin, is doing well. Despite slowing down a bit in November, the team still leads the country's championship. Simultaneously, their performance in the Europa League is not as impressive. They didn't win in the fifth round against Toulouse, settling for a draw, and now they need to hope to maintain their third position, although there are theoretical chances for second.
The clubs played four times between 2017 and 2019, with a complete equality of two wins each, both at home and away. The visitors are noticeably stronger here. So, we expect their victory with a handicap of -1.5 goals.
Prediction for the match: Royale Union SG to win with -1.5 handicap.