Suspense in the top flight

In football, the play-off I competition is full of suspense. It's becoming a really tense battle as the different teams are closing in on each other. On Saturday, Genk narrowly beat Lokeren, Sunday evening sees Anderlecht in action in what could be a crucial match.

The play-off I competition is a round-robin event with only the best 6 teams of the season. After the first competition, the points were halved to create more suspense. Anderlecht dominated the pre-competition and started in pole-position. However, after the Brussels club took a very poor start, and it has now been caught back by its challengers.

At the same time, teams that started at the bottom of the table like RC Genk and Standard, proved once again that this mini-competition suits them very well, and are crawling their way back up the table. The result is that the teams are very close in the standings. If Club Brugge would beat Anderlecht tonight, only 3 points would separate the leaders and the number 5.

However, Anderlecht play before their home crowd and welcome back striker Dieumerci Mbokani after a suspension.

Glynor Plet does it again

Late on Saturday, KRC Genk moved past Sporting Lokeren, 2-1. Genk had to work hard to keep the points in Limburg, but substitute Glynor Plet saved the day for Genk. The Dutch striker replaced Benji De Ceulaer after 63 minutes and scored the winning-goal only 2 minutes later (big photo: Genk crowd celebrating the win).

In play-off II, AA Gent lead Group A after downing Lierse 1-2 in Lier. Charleroi have the pole-position in Group B after drawing 1-1 against Waasland-Beveren. AA Gent have made it a must to win their group. The ambitious East-Flemings had a very poor season and missed play-off I, and want to give their fans something back.

In play-off III, Cercle Brugge stunned Beerschot in the direct fight against relegation. Cercle won 1-2 in Antwerp. A home win next week in Bruges, would send Beerschot to second division.

Standings in play-off I:

  1. KRC Genk 3 matches-35 points
  2. Anderlecht 2-35
  3. Zulte-Waregem 3-34
  4. Standard 3-32
  5. Club Brugge 2-30
  6. Lokeren 3-27