Belgium Pro League predictions and odds

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Belgium Pro League Predictions

24/10/2021

Anderlecht - Beerschot-Wilrijk

Best bookmaker online do not see past Anderlecht in this game and we wholeheartedly agree. The betting odds work largely in their favour and there is a good reason for it. Beerschot-Wilrijk will have extremely difficult time running away with anything from this match.

The situation is crystal clear from the current perspective. Given the strength of the home team and the fact Beerschot-Wilrijk are given 9.50 betting odds to win, a conclusion is not difficult to reach. Anything but a ho... read more

Betting tip (stake: 8/10): Home -1.5 Asian Handicap 1.75 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 2:0
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24/10/2021

OH Leuven - Sint-Truiden

Though the home team can be called favourites, they can’t quite relax going into the match at Sint-Truiden. Their advantage is quite narrow, and just a few mistakes could end up costing them the game.

The 3.00 away win betting odds indicate that Sint-Truiden are the underdogs of this matchup. The difference is not huge, though, so both a victory for the visitors and are draw are still on the table.

OH Leuven’s 2:2 draw in the previous round may seem like a mediocre result ... read more

Betting tip (stake: 9/10): BTTS 1.75 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 2:3
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23/10/2021

Cercle Brugge - Standard Liège

Cercle Brugge will have to put on their best performance to record a home win against Standard Liège. The price of 2.60 indicates a difficult battle and that’s exactly what we expect to see in this match.

With the betting odds being what they are, this match could still go either way. Still, the fact that Standard Liège are generally the weaker team makes this match an uphill battle for them.

Cercle Brugge lost their previous Pro League match against KV Oostende by a 1-goal... read more

Betting tip (stake: 8/10): Over 2,5 1.91 at Unibet
Correct score prediction: 2:2
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23/10/2021

Kortrijk - KV Oostende

While the scales seem somewhat tipped in the hosts’ favour, the win is anyone’s to take. Statistically speaking, all 3 outcomes to this match are quite possible, making reliable betting predictions hard to come by.

While KV Oostende may manage to claw their way to a win yet, it will be quite a struggle. As we can see thanks to the 3.10 betting odds for an away win, the odds are stacked against them – though it’s still manageable.

Kortrijk’s painful defeat in their pr... read more

Betting tip (stake: 8/10): Over 2,5 1.70 at bet365
Correct score prediction: 3:2
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23/10/2021

Mechelen - Zulte-Waregem

The odds are definitely leaning in the hosts’ favour, but this match is far from a done deal. Judging by odds alone, Zulte-Waregem may yet be able to walk away with a draw or even a surprise victory – though it’s still a longshot.

The matchup this Saturday is rather one-sided, with Zulte-Waregem seen as the clear underdogs. Most bookmakers online have priced their victory at 4.75, which is enough to doubt such an outcome will happen.

Most experts agreed that Mechelen had... read more

Betting tip (stake: 8/10): Over 2,5 1.40 at William Hill
Correct score prediction: 1:2

23/10/2021

AS Eupen - Union Saint-Gilloise

AS Eupen managing to pull off a victory here would be quite the upset. They are definitely underdogs, so even the home-field advantage isn’t able to push the odds lower than 3.90 for a home win.

Even with the home-field advantage as a factor, Union Saint-Gilloise have a better chance of winning this clash than their opponents. They can’t afford to relax just yet though – the hosts may prove a tough nut to crack after all.

Although AS Eupen are coming on the back of a har... read more

Betting tip (stake: 3/10): HT/FT Draw/Away 4.50 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 0:2
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22/10/2021

RFC Seraing - Sporting Charleroi

Beating Sporting Charleroi will not be easy, but we believe RFC Seraing are more than capable of doing so. The matchup is somewhat balanced, after all, so all three possible outcomes are still on the table.

2.25 on an away match is what many punters run away from but Sporting Charleroi are a team capable of big things. Therefore, backing them in this match might not be a bad idea after all.

Considering the 9.50 betting odds on an away win against Union Saint-Gilloise in the las... read more

Betting tip (stake: 8/10): Over 2,5 1.73 at bet365
Correct score prediction: 3:1
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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 an outright win might be a better indication.

With two championship titles in a row, Brugge are expectedly the hard favourites in this season. Outright betting odds on them winning start at just 1.57.

Anderlecht are their closest competitors, but the odds are still much longer at 5.5. Genk are relatively close behind with 6.5. Gent are way down at 13.00, but the teams are mostly competing for a Top 2 finish at this point. The runners-up also get a Champions League qualification, so the title is not all-important.

Royal Antwerp were the runners-up last season, but the bookies are not confident they’ll be able to repeat that success, pricing a Top 2 Finish at 12.00. Standard Liege have not had a Top 2 finish since a victory in 2013, so they’re hardly in consideration.

Club Brugge KV

Brugge’s dominance over the Belgian top-flight only seems to be growing stronger with each passing year. The last time they failed to qualify for the Champions League was back in 2013, and they've won 7 of the last 9 seasons. All in all, if you’re looking to make a safe outright bet in the Belgian First Division A, this is a fairly obvious choice.

If you need even more convincing, their record in the 2020/21 season was a staggering 24/4/6. They scored 73 goals and only conceded 26, and their defence performed well even on an international level. All in all, they secured this latest title with a 16-point lead. However, the European campaign left a lot to be desired.

Brugge’s solid defence is largely credited to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and dependable centre-backs like Brandon Mechele and Clinton Mata. However, the importance of midfielders like Mats Rits to Brugge’s formation cannot be understated. Moreover, Nice’s defender Stanley Nsoki will be joining the squad this year for even depth in the defensive lineup.

However, the most noted transfer of the 2021 summer period is winger Noa Lang, who was brought in from Ajax for €6 million – an incredible price for a player of this calibre. Eduard Sobol was also brought in as a left-back. However, the job for some of these arrivals was to replace Odilon Kossounou who left for Leverkusen for a staggering €23 million.

R.S.C. Anderlecht

After a five-year string of back-to-back titles at the turn of the decade, Anderlecht have had a rocky few seasons. Though they’re known as one of the few teams that can match up to their traditional rivals Brugge, 2019/20 was a disastrous season that still haunts them. They narrowly missed second place and a Champions League qualification last season, but it’s still considered a sort of return to form. Currently, they’re more or less tied with Genk as the main candidates to become runners-up.

It’s questionable whether they’ll be able to parry Brugge any time soon, but the purple-and-whites do have some things going for them. Namely, team captain Hendrik Van Crombrugge is a highly respected goalie and will further be bolstered by Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Wesley Hoedt as newly-arrived backs. However, the defence was never a problem with this club – but they’ve consistently had issues with breaking stalemates last season. The 15/13/6 record is proof enough of that.

As such, the arrival of Bayern Munich’s young forward Joshua Zirkzee makes a lot of sense. Between him and Yari Verschaeren, one of the most prominent rising stars of Belgian football, the team should be a lot more comfortable on the offence.

KRC Genk

With a star-studded lineup of attackers and an aggressive, high-risk strategy, Genk captured the hearts of many fans last season. Their 4th position finish was far from ideal, but there’s no denying that this club is one of the favourites to get to the Champions League this season. Under head coach John van den Brom, the forwards and wings of the Blue-Whites came into such prominence that the squad’s total market value exceeds even Brugge now. However, that doesn’t mean that they’ll be able to challenge them for the title. They’re one of the league’s strongest sides, true, but their defence left a lot to be desired. On one hand, they were the second highest-scoring team in the First Division A with 67 goals. On the other, they had more concessions than any of the top 7 teams.

A quick look at the lineup easily explains such a record. It’s very top-heavy, with all their strategies centred around a few key players. The first among these is Paul Onuachu, who just had a career-defining season in 2020/21. He recorded a staggering 28 goals in 33 appearances, earning the title of the league’s top goalscorer. The 14 goals of left-winger Paul Bongonda are nothing to sneeze at either.

The departure of right-back Joakim Maehle is sure to be felt, and the fans are not convinced enough has been done to shore up the shaky backline. Defensive midfielder Carel Eiting is the most prominent new defensive arrival, which means not much has been changed since last season.

Belgian First Division A Relegation Favourites

Now 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 the Belgian First Division A league.

RFC Seraing

Freshly-promoted teams are always likely to be knocked right back down, and the 2021/22 season is the first time we’ve Seraing in the top-flight in 25 years. It’s worth mentioning that their rise back up was quite sudden and impressive. Just 3 short seasons ago, they were placing mid-table in the 3rd-tier Nationale league. They earned a runners-up position in Division B last season, but it’s hard to feel confident they’ll do too well among Belgium’s best.

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise

This club used to be one of the most successful in Belgian football, but the 11 First Division A titles seem like a distant memory. Their last national championship win dates back almost a century at this point. This is their first breakthrough back into the top-flight in quite a while, though it was a fairly convincing first-place finish.

We’d say they have a better shot at avoiding relegation than Seraing, but their chances are still not great.

Cercle Brugge

Ever since their re-entry into the top flight back in 2017/18, Cercle have been struggling to get away from the bottom few spots. Moreover, they’ve been recording increasingly poor results each season. In 2020/21, they barely managed to avoid relegation by a hairpin. All of this does not bode well for their performance and the Belgian First Division A betting predictions are not optimistic.

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.

Noa Lang

This young Dutch winger sent waves throughout the Eredivisie with the historic hat-trick of his first league start in 2019. The transfer agreement that sent him permanently from Ajax to Club Brugge this year is one of the most prominent Belgian First Division A transfers of the season, too. At just 22, he recorded 17 goals and 11 assists in his first campaign for Club Brugge, which is nothing short of impressive. Due to such performances and his young age, Lang is currently considered one of the league’s most valuable players.

Paul Onauchu

Genk’s centre-forward has only been playing in Belgium’s top-flight since 2019 but has already established himself as one of the best goal-getters in the league. He recorded 29 goals in the previous season alone – 35 if we also take into account the playoffs and Cup matches. This record-breaking performance has not gone unnoticed, though – Premier League clubs like West Ham are reportedly already considering a purchase.

Hans Vanaken

Brugge’s starting 11 has a lot of highlights, but all of their formations seem to centre around one squad member – attacking midfielder Hand Vanaken. Vanaken is renowned for his peerless skill on the ball and the over 80% career pass completion rate. He is also one of the two players in the history of the First Division A to win two back-to-back Belgian Golden Shoe awards.

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.

Charles De Ketelaere

Relatively fresh out of Brugge’s Under-21 squad, this versatile young midfielder has already impressed on several occasions. He already had his debut as part of the Belgian national team and caught the attention of prominent scouts with his game-winning goal in the 93rd minute of a Champions League match against Zenit St. Petersburg. He also received the Belgian Promising Talent of the Year award last season, becoming the fifth person to win the award in history.

Yari Verschaeren

This attacking midfielder became one of the most prominent parts of Anderlecht’s starting 11 at just 19. A year later, he is still considered one of the most valued players in the league. He still has a ways to go to catch up to the likes of Onuachu, but what we’ve seen so far are the makings of a world-class professional career.

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.