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First Division A Predictions > Sep 30th - Oct 2nd

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Anderlecht vs Charleroi

Yes, I'm back fresh from a trip to Belgium so I thought where better to restart my previews than the home of luxury chocolate, sprouts, and dodgy early 00s dance music? It's Anderlecht versus Charleroi in a 12:30pm BST kick-off on Sunday afternoon from the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in the Belgian First Division A. The home team are heavy favourites but there's very little separating these two clubs.

Anderlecht are having to get used to no longer being the undisputed kings of Belgian football and, so far this season anyway, they are actually in danger of slipping into the forgotten land of mid-table mediocrity. Felice Mazzu is the new man in charge after Vincent Kompany's departure to Burnley earlier this summer and it's not been an easy start to his tenure in charge at the club. The Purple and White are in 8th place and already 14 points off the title pace set by Royal Antwerp. It is just 1 loss from the last 5 matches across all competitions though and the team have picked up 4 points from their opening two Europa Conference League group stage games with a 1-0 win at home to Silkeborg and a 0-0 draw away to FCSB. It is also three home games undefeated in succession for the team in all competitions.

Charleroi will see this as an opportunity to make a big statement about their hopes of qualifying for European competition this season. The Zebras are in 10th position in the Belgian top flight with consistency being their enemy. Head coach Edward Still will be disappointed with the team's current form consisting of 3 defeats from their last 4 league games with the team conceding 3 goals in each of those defeats. In fact, the solitary win in that run came against the 10 men of Gent at home. It's fair to say that Charleroi's away record isn't actually too shabby as of late with the team winning 2 of their last 3 away league games. Although the most recent away day did see a 3-2 loss at OH Leuven who are appearing to be a bit of a surprise package this season.

This game has suddenly become vitally important to both of these teams because there is a risk that defeat could see their current disappointing situations slip into panic. Anderlecht undoubtedly face more pressure being the home team and a fan base with far greater expectation but Charleroi will want to be back competing for European qualification sooner rather than later and that could suffer a setback with a loss here. I have concerns over Anderlecht this season but it's early days for Mazzu. I think the home team should get the victory here but it'll be a battle.

Anderlecht to Win @ 1.61 with Unibet

BTTS @ 1.75 with Bet365

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Standard Liège vs RFC Seraing



Standard Liège


Out (injuries/other): Ngoy (4/0 d), Laifis (7/0 d), Emond (7/1 f)

Suspended: Balikwisha (7/1 m)


RFC Seraing

Doubtful: Conceição (8/0 d), Elisor (7/0 f)

Out (injuries/other): Kilota (0/0 d), D'Onofrio (0/0 d), Lepoint (8/0 m), Opare (7/0 d)

Suspended: -


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Interesting facts based only on statistics
Standard Liège scored at least one goal in 100% of home games.
60% chance that both team will score and goal count will be over 2.5 goals.
90% chance that there will be more than 1 goal in this game.
70% chance that there will be more than 2 goals in this game.
50% chance that there will be more than 3 goals in this game.
80% chance that there will be at least 1 goal in the first-half.
60% chance that there will be at least 2 goals in the first-half.
40% chance that there will be at least 3 goals in the first-half.
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