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The First Division A clash at Freethiel Stadion on Saturday sees hosts Waasland-Beveren welcoming opponents SV Zulte Waregem.
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Waasland-Beveren won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 3-1 First Division A defeat last time out to Standard Liège.
The only player to score from Waasland-Beveren was Dries Wuytens (84'). Selim Amallah (31', 66') and Merveille Bokadi (74') scored for Standard Liège.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games that Waasland-Beveren have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Wase Wolven have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 12 goals along the way.
Going into this encounter, Waasland-Beveren haven't beaten SV Zulte Waregem in their last 6 matches in the league.
SV Zulte Waregem
SV Zulte Waregem head into the clash following a 1-0 First Division A win over Royal Excel Mouscron in their previous fixture.
The only player to score from SV Zulte Waregem was Jelle Vossen (9').
Francky Dury's SV Zulte Waregem have slotted home a total of 8 times in the course of their most recent 6 matches. The overall goals that they have conceded during those same matches comes to 6.
Taking a look at their past results, SV Zulte Waregem:
- haven't been defeated by Waasland-Beveren in games played away from home for the previous 4 league matches. An impressive run.
- are unbeaten in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking over past results between these clubs going back to 10/03/2019 tells us that these fixtures have been pretty painful for Waasland-Beveren. They have not managed to register any victories at all while SV Zulte Waregem have dominated them, getting wins in 67 per cent of those games played.
A combined total of 20 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 3 for Wase Wolven and 17 being from Essevee. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.33.
The previous league clash between the two was First Division A match day 3 on 22/08/2020 which finished with the scoreline of SV Zulte Waregem 4-1 Waasland-Beveren.
The match was refereed by Jan Boterberg.
Team News: Waasland-Beveren
There’s just the sole fitness concern for the Waasland-Beveren manager Nicky Hayen to be concerned about from a near full-strength set of players. Din Sula (Ankle Injury) is out of contention. Aleksandar Vukotic will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Team News: SV Zulte Waregem
SVZW boss Francky Dury has a number of players out of action. Jelle Vossen (Hamstring Injury), Luka Zarandia (Knee Injury), Erdin Demir (Hip Injury) and Tomas Chory (Ankle Injury) are not ready for selection.
We feel that SV Zulte Waregem and Waasland-Beveren are both capable of scoring here.
A close call, and we think a draw is quite likely. That’s why we have predicted a very close game with a 1-1 score when the full-time whistle blows.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Freethiel Stadion (8,190)
Captain: Aleksandar Vukotić
Chairman: Dirk Huyck
Manager: Nicky Hayen
Competitions: First Division A position 16, Belgian Cup (Sixth Round)
🔑 Star Player: Joseph Efford
Normally taking to the field in the Right Wing position, Joseph Efford was born in Gwinnett County, USA. Having played his first senior match for Waasland-Beveren in the 2020 - 2021 season, the goalscoring Forward has managed 2 league goals in the First Division A 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 14 appearances.