Anderlecht vs Waasland-Beveren
Belgian First Division A
Date: Thursday, 27 December 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Stade Constant Vanden Stock (Bruxelles).
Anderlecht and Waasland-Beveren come into the last game of the mid-week Matchday in completely opposite moods. The hosts are massive favourites according to the bookies, but they will be heavy form underdogs given their most recent spell of results.
Purple & White claimed only one point from last five league affairs. It is a thread which saw Purple & White slide down to the 6th place of the First Division A standings. Anderlecht are miles away from the title challenge being 14 points shy of leaders Genk at the moment. They also suffered an early Europa League group phase exit after an underwhelming campaign against the likes of Dinamo Zagreb, Fenerbahce and Spartak Trnava.
Such a dreadful series of results caused the change on the bench as French manager Karim Belhocine took over Hein Vanhaezebrouck as the ne new head coach. Nevertheless, the Frenchman had little success on his managerial debut on Saturday night when Anderlecht fell 3-1 away at Royal-Excel Mouscron.
Anderlecht vs Waasland-Beveren: Head-to-head
The hosts will rely on the head to head trend here given they won 10, drew 1 and lost 2 of 13 encounters with Waasland-Beveren historically.
Anderlecht were especially dominant in H2H outings at home where they won five and drew one of six against this opposition.
At least three goals were produced in all of past five H2H matches between these two likes.
Anderlecht vs Waasland-Beveren: Prediction
Waasland-Beveren made the managerial change in November. They started to feel the effect of such move as the new head coach Adnan Custovic initiated a run of three straight wins following opening two defeats in this role. The visitors escaped the red-zone with three successive victories in the league.
They scored two goals in each of these ties even though the opposition included the likes of Club Brugge (2nd place) and Antwerp (3rd place) in the process. The latest of successes came on Saturday when Beveren saw off rock-bottomed Lokeren 2-1 at home.
This will be anything but a one-way street for Belgian heavyweights Anderlecht who will have to work hard to gain victory against such an in-form opposition. Since recent H2H games normally offered goals, we will back the Over 2.5 goals FT bet as a banker at the odds of 1.50.
Anderlecht vs Waasland-Beveren: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.50 (1/2)
BTTS @ 1.70 (7/10).