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First Division A Predictions > Aug 26th - 28th

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The odds for the next round of Belgian First Division A matches are here. The usual suspects are at the top end of the table with Genk leading the way followed by Royal Antwerp, Anderlecht, and Club Brugge. Union SG are slightly further back but certainly shouldn't be written off. Give us your bets for these next games! :ok

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Cercle Brugge vs Zulte Waregem



Cercle Brugge

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Sousa (0/0 d), Utkus (2/0 m), Miangué (1/0 d), Deman (5/1 f)

Suspended: -


Zulte Waregem

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): De Buyser (0/0 d), Derijck (0/0 d), Sørmo (0/0 m)

Suspended: -


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Genk -1 @1.86
Min price to bet: -1.25 @2.04 or -1 @1.75
Model +value: yes
Significant team news: - (same squad for Genk as in last few games)
Note: No reason to stop trusting Genk as long as the market is above our fair prices, they were impressive again last week, won only with 2-1 but it should've been by 3 goals really, they allowed almost nothing to Cercle, conceded out of the blue right at the start of the 2nd half, from what was only Cercle's 2nd shot from inside the box (they finished with 3; Genk had 14) and missed quite a few chances, it was especially amazing they failed to score from set pieces, especially corner kicks, from which they looked very very dangerous indeed, with 3-4 sitters missed. Seraing got a big 3-1 away win at fellow relegation candidates Eupen last week, their first points of the season, and while that will boost their confidence, the problem is that Genk are on another level at the moment, more than likely to bring their hosts down again. About 70.5-71% for an away win for us, Seraing have a narrow ugly pitch that is certainly not something better teams like too much; but that area is their only (small) advantage here. There is -1.25 @2.10 available at the moment, and while this is the hcap we actually prefer to -1 in this case, the problem is that vast majority of the mkt is on -1, so we will stick to lower and uglier price here.

St Truiden -1/4 @2.01
Min price to bet: -1/4 @1.90 or -1/2 @2.20
Model +value: yes, small
Significant team news: yes, quite a few problems for Mechelen, as they are without first choice gk Coucke, star lw Storm, cb/cm Lavalee, lb Bolingoli; rw Shved a doubt and their important duo from last season, am Mrabti and lb Bijker are both still out as well... first choice cf Hayashi is doubtful for the hosts (should be out)
Note: We can say that Mechelen are severely weakened here, their team-news are truly poor, but they were in even worse situation last week and still somehow managed to beat Westerlo 5-4 (and they were 2-4 down with 15 mins to go), in a weird game that featured some terrible defending and goalkeeping. However, it's difficult to ignore these problems at Mechelen, let's not forget they also lost last season top scorer cf Cuypers to Gent this summer, and at this stage they don't look like the side who should challenge for UECL playofs. St Truiden got their first win of the season last week (1-0 at Oostende), but they lost only to Anderlecht this season, despite playing 2 other strong teams in Gent and Union SG; and actually, if we look back at last season as well, loss against Anderlecht was the only defeat St Truiden have suffered in last 14 league games. It's not ideal that cf Hayashi is (likely) out, but his other countrymen are all available, with Japanese legends Kagawa and Okazaki set to lead the line, and rwb Hashioka and gk Schmidt to start as well, as usual. We like the hosts at these prices, est hw at 48.5-49% after some adjustment for team news.

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