Anderlecht still rule, but only just

In football, Anderlecht retain first place in Play-off I as challengers Zulte Waregem were kept to a draw by KRC Genk. Anderlecht only picked up 1 point from 2 matches, but remain the favourites for the league title as their challengers also fail. Meanwhile, second-division KV Oostende are certain of promotion to the top flight after squeezing past Eupen on Sunday (1-0).

Club Brugge, Lokeren, Standard, Anderlecht, KRC Genk or Zulte Waregem... all of them still have a good chance to take the league title, with only 2 of 10 days of play behind us in the round-robin competition with the best 6 teams of the past "pre-competition".

Anderlecht struggled at Standard, but still grabbed a point, the first of this campaign, last Saturday (0-0). "Next week, we need to beat Club Brugge", Anderlecht coach John Van den Brom realised.

Anderlecht will welcome back striker Dieumerci Mbokani after a 4-week suspension. Maybe this could solve Anderlecht's problem in this final Play-off I sprint.

With Anderlecht drawing, Zulte Waregem had the chance to take over first place yesterday at KRC Genk. Despite playing a good match, the West-Flemings had to be content with a draw as Anele wiped out an early Zulte Waregem lead (big photo). The visitors had climbed ahead through Captain Davy De Fauw (small photo: players celebrating). Zulte Waregem seem to play their best football away from home, but face Standard in a home match next Friday.

Standings in Play-off I (after 2 matches)

  1. Anderlecht    35
  2. Z.Waregem   34
  3. Racing Genk 32
  4. Club Brugge 30
  5. Standard      29
  6. Lokeren       27

KV Oostende return to the top flight

Second division leaders KV Oostende managed a 1-0 win against Eupen yesterday, which guaranteed them the title. The champions in second division automatically promote to the top flight.

Ostend last played in the top flight 8 years ago. They will have to manage with a budget of only 4 million euros. Coach Fred Vanderbiest realises it won't be easy to stay up. The last times Ostend was part of the top flight, this never lasted more than 2 years.