Genk hosts Oostende in round 2 of the Belgian Jupiler League. The match will be played on Friday, July 30th at Luminus Arena (Genk)
Genk is not in the best shape at the start of the new season. The Smurfs managed to lose the Belgian Super Cup (2-3 to Club Brugge), tied against Standard Liege in the first round of the Jupiler League (1-1), and played three friendly games. And Genk won only one out of five matches (5-2 against Maastricht). Beyond that, the team tied against AZ Alkmaar (1-1) and lost to Molenbeck (1-3). Both sides have scored in each of Genk's last five games. Bookmakers give the coefficient of 1.98 on the fact that both teams will score in the upcoming game. In addition, Genk players scored eight out of ten goals in the last five matches in the second half. After one round of the Belgian championship, Genk is in 10th place with one point scored.
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In the last five matches, Oostende gained two victories. But one of them happened last season. The team beat Standard Liege in the previous championship (3-1). Oostende began preparations for the new season with a confident victory over Zwevezele (9-3), but then the results worsened. In friendly games, the team lost to Amiens (1-2) and tied against Mouscron (0-0). As for the opening match of the championship, Oostende lost to Charleroi at home (0-3). De Kustboys have scored only one goal in their last three matches. And they necessarily conceded in four of the last five games. Moreover, Oostende's opponents scored in the first half in each case.
Genk is quite capable of taking advantage of the opponent's weaknesses. Oostende has not been able to win the last three matches, and they have scored one goal in them. It is unlikely that the hosts will be able to score four goals alone. Yes, Genk is capable of scoring (after all, the team upset the opponents’ goalkeepers in each of the last five matches). The hosts will win, but they will try to save strength for the upcoming Champions League match, so we shouldn’t wait for goal extravaganza.
Prediction for the match: Genk to win and Under 3.5 goals scored