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Anderlecht - RFC Seraing

Betting tip (stake: 7/10): Home -1.5 Asian Handicap 1 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 3:0
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KV Oostende - Gent

Betting tip (stake: 6/10): Over 3,5 goals 1 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 1:3
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Standard Liège - Antwerp

Betting tip (stake: 8/10): Over 2,5 1.90 at Betsson
Correct score prediction: 1:2
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OH Leuven - Sporting Charleroi

Betting tip (stake: 7/10): Over 2,5 1.85 at Betway
Correct score prediction: 2:1
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Beerschot-Wilrijk - Union Saint-Gilloise

Betting tip (stake: 8/10): Under 2,5 2.07 at Unibet
Correct score prediction: 0:2
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Mechelen - AS Eupen

Betting tip (stake: 7/10): Over 3,5 goals 2.50 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 2:3
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Sint-Truiden - Zulte-Waregem

Betting tip (stake: 6/10): HT/FT Draw/Home 5.50 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 1:0
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Kortrijk - Genk

Betting tip (stake: 4/10): HT/FT Draw/Away 1 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 1:3
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Club Brugge - Cercle Brugge

This match is somewhat one-sided, but not the most imbalanced clash we’ve seen. The odds are heavily in the hosts’ favour, who will likely walk away with 3 more points to the tally.

This one has Home Win written all over it. The hosts are expected to grab a firm hold of the proceedings and Cercle Brugge will be left with slim pickings in this match.

Club Brugge are coming on the back of a narrow 0:1 away win against Union Saint-Gilloise in the previous round. Their play lac... read more

Betting tip (stake: 6/10): HT/FT Draw/Home 4.20 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 2:1
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Belgian First Division A Intro

Time and time again in betting guides and strategy tips you will come across advice to compare as many options as possible. In order to find the best betting offers, you need to be able to dig through as many as possible. Knowledge of the game is another thing you can’t really do without, though.

So, in order to prepare you for football leagues and matches you might not be as familiar with, you can find some useful information about them right here on Betting Fellow. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Belgian First Division A – the highest echelon of Belgian football.

Belgian First Division A History and General Info

This league is the top-level competition for professional football clubs in Belgium. The first-ever season for was held way back in 1895/96, making Division A one of the longest-standing pro football leagues in the world. It was created by the Royal Belgian Football Association, which later went on to be one of the founding members of both FIFA and UEFA. As of the writing of this article, UEFA’s coefficient ranking system places it as the eighth-best national league in Europe, based on performances in the last five years.

The name is a bit of a mouthful, and it was only recently accepted in place of the Belgian Pro League, by which it was known before the 2015-2016 season. However, the Leuven-based beer brewing company AB InBev has been the main sponsor of the competition for quite some time now. As such, the league is currently officially known as the Jupiler Pro League, in honour of InBev’s Jupiler beer brand.

The league consists of 16 best football clubs in Belgium. These then play against each other, with each team hosting every other team once as the season progresses, running from July to early May. This regular season follows a familiar format, where a win earns a team 3 points and a draw earns 1. The teams are then ranked by total points, then by total wins and finally by goal difference, number of scored goals, number of away goals and number of away wins. If after all of this two teams are still equal on the scoreboard, a test-match is played in two legs to determine the final order in the standings.

The league system in Belgium also follows the promotion/relegation system. This means that, with the current rules, the 16th-placed team is automatically relegated to the lower-tier league – the Belgian First Division B. Conversely, the best team from the Division B is promoted to take its place.

This system went through a lot of changes, some of which happened as recently as 2016. For example, a playoff portion was added then to decide the final outcome of each season. It works as follows: the top 6 teams from the regular season enter the championship playoff. The teams then play each other twice and earn points and are ranked in the same way as during the regular season, except that the teams start with half of the points they previously earned, rounded up.

The first-placed team is, of course, named Belgium’s champion. The champion and the runner-up qualify for the 3rd UEFA Champions League qualifying round. Teams ranked 7-15 are placed in a different set of playoffs, which are used to determine qualifications for the Europa League.

Traditionally, Brugge and Anderlecht are seen as the dominant teams of the league, considering they have the most titles won; followed by Standard Liège, Gent and Genk – who were also champions in the 2018/19 season. An important thing to consider for the Belgian First Division A league betting is that this is not one of those leagues where the title always goes to one of two teams – it’s a bit more exciting than that.

Erwin Vandenbergh is seen as the league’s all-time top scorer and is the only player ever to have managed to get the top scorer title four consecutive times. In fact, he snagged the title 10 times in total during his active years in the 70s and 80s. Besides him, Victor Wegria and Josip Weber were also named top scorers 3 consecutive times each, with Wegria managing a fourth title some time later.

Since the title was only introduced in 1945, however, the person who actually scored the most goals is Bert De Cleyn with a whopping 350 goals between 1932 and 1954 with KV Mechelen.

Belgian First Division A Title Challengers

As previously mentioned, a look at history will not be enough to give you a great idea about who the current favourites are. As such, the Belgian First Division A betting odds for the ultimate winner might be a better indication.

Somewhat expectedly, Club Brugge are at the top of the pack, with odds of 8/11 or 1.22. To be fair, these odds are somewhat lower than they were before the previous season. Being reigning champions, though, it’s obvious that Brugge are the favourites.

Their biggest rivals this season will be Gent, with considerably longer odd of 6.00 for an outright win. The score difference between the two last year was considerable, which explains the massive difference in odds. Despite terrible results in 2019/20, Anderlecht are the next in line in terms of odds with 8.0, while Standard are 4th with odds of 9.00.

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of Belgian First Division A’s most promising contenders.

Club Brugge KV

This season’s favourites, Brugge have a long and proud history as one of Belgium’s most successful and decorated football teams. They were founded in 1891, and their home turf is on the Jan Breydel Stadium, which they share with their city rivals Cercle Brugge. Traditionally, their home jerseys are black and blue.

As of the writing of this article, the club have been crowned Belgian league champions a total of 15 times, second only to their biggest rivals Anderlecht. They’ve had notable success on an international level as well, being the only Belgian team to ever reach the UEFA Champions League finals (called the European Cup back then) in 1978, although they lost the match to Liverpool. They also lost in the 1976 UEFA Cup Final, again to Liverpool.

Beyond that, however, Clube Brugge holds the record for most consecutive participations in the UEFA Europa League with 20. They also hold the record for most Belgian Cups won with 11, and Belgian Super Cups with 15.

With 21 victories and only 1 lost game in the 2019/20 season, Brugge’s dominance of the table is clear and striking. They are expected to again rely on their signature defensive strategies, bolstered by the arrivals of Odilon Kossounou in the position of centre-back and Liverpool’s former goalkeeper Simon Migolet. They’ve also made some changes to the offensive side, most notably with the departure of Wesley and Danjuma. Calcio’s David Okreke signed on as a centre-forward, though, along with Michael Krmencik.

K.A.A. Gent

The next team with the highest perceived odds is Gent, Brugge’s long-time rival. Although their football teams are the best-known part, Gent is a sports association spanning multiple disciplines. Their oldest divisions, field hockey and track and field, were founded way back in 1864, making it one of the oldest sports clubs in Belgium. They are based in Ghent, East Flanders. Gent’s home stadium is the Ghelamco Arena, and their team colours are blue and white. Up until 1971, the club was known by their French name La Gantoise – and are still called that in the French-speaking part of Belgium.

Often referred to as De Buffalo's (The Buffalos), they’ve been a part of the First Division A every season since 1990. This participation only bore a single victory, however, in 2014-15. Before that, their history was full of promotions and relegations between this league and Division B. On an international level, Gent’s biggest success was making it to the quarter-finals of the 1991–92 UEFA Cup.

Gent has been steadily on the rise for decades and are slowly earning their spot among the peak of Belgian football. A final score of 16/7/6 in the previous season was impressive but was still far behind the table leaders Brugge. Jonathan David, their star striker, left for Lille for a stunning $32 million – a sum that hasn’t been completely poured back into Gent’s lineup. Still, they have one of the strongest midfields in the First Division A with defenders like Elisha Owusu and Niklas Dorsch.

R.S.C. Anderlecht

Founded in 1908, Anderlecht are the most decorated professional football team in Belgium. On the home front, they boast 34 league titles and nine Belgian cups. They also hold the record for most consecutive Belgian championship titles, back from when they managed to win it five times between 1963 and 1968.

On an international level, they’ve had some success with five trophies. This also makes them the most successful Belgian team in that aspect as well.

Anderlecht’s home stadium is the Lotto Park in Anderlecht, which is located in the Brussels capital-region and serves as the team’s base of operations. They were supposed to move to the massive Eurostadium upon its completion, but the project was scrapped. Their team colours are purple and white, which earned them the nickname Purple & Whites (Paars-wit in Dutch, Les Mauves et Blancs in French).

History aside, though, most experts believe Anderlecht’s glory days are over. Their final table positions have been on a steady downward trend ever since their latest title victory in 2016/17. With a disastrous 8th place last year, they have a lot to prove if they want to be considered the powerhouse they once were. Still, the reason online sportsbooks are anticipating a Top 3 Finish are myriad. For starters, their starting 11 has been altered considerably. Just going over all the transfers would take no small amount of time, but this might by what Anderlecht needed to be revitalized.

Standard Liège

Together with Anderlecht and Brugge, Standard forms the so-called “Big Three” of Belgian football. Combined they share a total of 57 out of 113 Belgian Football Championships ever played and are generally expected to hold the three top positions.

They have won the league a total of 10 times, most recently in 2009. They’ve also on 8 Belgian Cups and have reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, which they lost to Barcelona.

Along with every other traditional favourite in the First Division A except Brugge, Standard underperformed heavily in the previous season. A 5th table position is not a disaster, but most fans expected more. This yeah, Standard have lost some important attackers such as Djenepo and Razvan Marin in favour of a more defensively-oriented squad. With that in mind, new arrivals include Zinho Vanheusden and Nicolas Gavory. We are likely to see fewer concessions compared to last year’s 32, but their goalscoring is likely to suffer as well.

Belgian First Division A Relegation Favourites

You know we’ll take a look at the flip side of the coin – the teams most likely to come in last and end up relegated to Division B. These are another important factor for betting on Belgian First Division A league.

Cercle Brugge K.S.V.

The other team from Bruges, Cercle managed to get into the top league in the 2003/04 season, following several years of relegation. They do have three national titles, but they were all won way back before WW2, so it seems this team’s golden days are far behind them. This season looks especially bad for them, and most bookmakers give favourable odds of them getting relegated.


Only existing under this name since a 2010 merger with K. S. K Baveren, Waasland’s presence amidst the highest ranks of Belgian football is a fairly recent thing. Originally known as Red Star, they were founded in 1936 but only reached the national level in the 2000/01 season. They clawed their way up to Division A by 2011, which is a fairly quick ascent and deserves respect.

Waasland narrowly avoided relegation last year – likely purely due to the season ending early. Their position in the First Division A has never been secure, and most signs seem to be showing another sub-par season.

K.V. Oostende

Colloquially referred to as the De Kustboys, Oostende’s history is long but not particularly filled with trophies and titles – though they were Belgian Cup finalists in 2017. Their stint in the Belgian First Division A was more focused on staying there, which can be seen in the impossibly long odds most bookies offer for a Top 3 Finish from them. They ended last year in 15th place, though even that could have gone worse had the season not been interrupted.

Oud-Heverlee Leuven

OHL is a very young club that hasn’t had a lot of time to prove themselves. They already had a few stints in the First Division A, but none of them ended well for them. They usually barely manage to scrape together a season or two before being relegated. Having been freshly promoted going into 2020/21, it should be obvious why their chances of sticking around aren’t that great.

Belgian First Division A Top Players

To get to know a league, you must get to know the players. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most distinguished individual players within Belgium’s Division A, and what makes them stand out.

Sander Berge

Although he could easily fit into the rising stars section of this article with only 21 years of age, this Norwegian midfielder is easily the most valued player currently playing for a Belgian team. Undoubtedly a key part of Genk’s surprise victory in the previous season, Berge is a dominating defensive presence. His style is often compared to Nemanja Matić in his prime, and he has been known to score goals in spite of his defensive position.

Zinho Vanheusden

The former Inter defender Zinho Vanheusden is in many ways similar to Berge. He’s a young, ambitious defensive player currently making waves in a relatively small club. The 20-year-old is currently playing for Standard Liege who have also been projected to do fairly well in the upcoming season. Major world-class teams such as Arsenal and Milan have been scraping to get their hands on Vanheusden, and for good reason.

Hans Vanaken

This 27-year-old attacking midfielder was time and time again been shown to be instrumental in Brugge’s 3-5-2 formation. He has been known to create amazing opportunities in the field for both himself and his teammates, forming an incredible striker duo with veteran Jelle Vossen. He has 13 goals and 4 assists in 29 games played during last season with a pass completion of 82.5%.

Emmanuel Dennis

One of Brugge’s star forwards, Dennis has been making waves in the First Division ever since his entry into Belgian football in 2017. Born in 1997, he is still incredibly young, which makes the value he represents for Brugge all the more impressive. He got a lot of attention for scoring twice in a performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League. Slowly but surely, Dennis is becoming one of the more recognizable strikers in Europe.

Belgian First Division A Rising Stars

It appears that the strength of Belgian football right now is in its youth, seeing how some of their best players are very young. Still, there are a few more promising young footballers we’d like to point out.

Yari Verschaeren

At the tender age of just 19, Verschaeren is already one of the most valued players in Belgium. He’s a versatile player, known as both a successful striker and an aggressive midfielder. He is currently part of Anderlecht’s starting 11.

Krépin Diatta

Diatta is a 20-year-old Senegalese left winger who has been rising quickly through the ranks as part of Club Brugge. Known to be somewhat temperamental, he is nonetheless a great offensive player, and someone to keep your eyes on.

Belgian First Division A Derby Matches

Flemish Derby

This derby is a manifestation of the well-known rivalry between Anderlecht and Club Brugge. Historically, this match-up has been known to be definitive in determining who will bear that year’s title. Both teams have very passionate fans, which makes these games intense and sometimes controversial.

Derby of Belgium

A classic derby between Anderlecht and Standard Liège, this match-up has often been described as the Belgian “Classico”. Not only does it reflect the traditional rivalry between the cities of Brussels and Liège, but also a certain class struggle: Anderlecht is usually perceived as the team of the bourgeois elite while the Standard is seen as the worker’s club. Standard’s fans are known to be particularly unruly, however, and it is not uncommon for this event to erupt in violence.

Belgian First Division A Best Stadiums

Jan Breydel Stadium

Located in Bruges, this multi-purpose stadium is the home of Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge. It was built in 1975 and boasts a capacity of around 29,000. It bears the name of a famous Belgian historical figure, and is mostly used exclusively for football matches.

Lotto Park

Up until this year, this stadium was called the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, after the sponsor. It is Anderlecht’s home turf, and one of the biggest sports arenas in the country with a capacity of 22,500, although there are plans for expansion.

Stade Maurice Dufrasne

The home ground of Standard Liège, this stadium holds some 27,000 – odd spectators. It is also known as Stade de Sclessin, from the name of the district of Liège where it is located.