A bad day for Anderlecht

Defending champions Sporting Anderlecht had a disappointing Sunday (photo), failing to beat Zulte Waregem before their home crowd (0-0). The draw leaves second-placed Anderlecht 7 points behind leaders Club Brugge. In other action, Standard took the 3 points at bottom-of-the-table Lierse SK, confirming their Play-off 1 ambitions.

Anderlecht missed midfielder Steven Defour and playmaker and Golden Shoe Dennis Praet, and were not very well inspired. The game marked the goodbye of midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who moves to the United States to play in New York.

Standard were the favourites to beat modest Lierse. There seemed to be no problem for the 'Reds' as they built up a 0-3 lead at the Lisp in Lier (Antwerp province). However, Standard created problems for themselves as they let Lierse score two, and had tense end to the match.

Club Brugge reigning supreme

Club Brugge reign supreme with 51 points after 24 matches. Anderlecht are second (44 points), followed by KV Kortrijk and AA Gent (41), Standard (40) and Charleroi (38). KRC Genk (36) are just out of the top-6 at present, but have game in hand. Lokeren have 34 points.

The pre-competition has 30 days of play. The top-6 next plays play-offs for the title, but the points are halved for that occasion.