Football Prediction #6 (30/07/2021) - Belgium Division A: Genk v Oostende

in #football4 months ago

Let's have a look at today's game and it's a visit to Belgium for the game between...


This is only the second game of the season for both these teams with Genk, the hosts, fairing slightly better with a 1-1 draw in their first game against Standard Liege than Oostende who got battered at home by Sporting Charleroi, 0-3.

I have a feeling there may be a few goals in this game. Interesting thing about the Genk squad is both their first-team goalkeepers are under 20! The rest of the squad are 24 or under apart from a couple of attackers. This is a squad for the future that J. Van den Brom is building, with bags of energy as they matched the more experienced Standard Liege with energy and intensity, and it was just a lack of concentration well into injury-time that cost them all 3 points.

Oostende will be hoping for a much better performance after their dreadful display last time out. The defence were poor and goalkeeper Hubert had a stinker. A few more performances like this and surely, coach Blessin will have to think about promoting young understudy, J.Schelfhout to the starting line-up. Any team taking such a beating in the opening game is going to have to stop the rot.

Oostende will be looking to players like the experienced, former Celtic defender Jack Hendry to step up and be strong at the back whilst the midfield will need to fight for the ball and to feed the two-man attack.

It's hard to see how Oostende will get anything from this game, but of course, it's early days yet.

Prediction: Genk 3 : 1 Oostende - First Goal scorer: J.Ito

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