Genk vs Zulte-Waregem
Belgium – First Division A
Date: Friday, 9 February 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK
Venue: Luminus Arena (Genk).
Genk will be looking to complete a perfect week with the third consecutive victory within six days when they host Zulte-Waregem in the Matchday opener in First Division A on Friday evening. The head coach Philippe Clement can particularly be thrilled with his team’s defensive displays as Racing kept back-to-back clean sheets against Royal Excel Mouscron and Kortrijk.
Ibrahima Seck’s early goal has made all the difference in Tuesday’ cup tie against Kortrijk launching Genk to the final of the Belgian Cup (3-3 on aggregate, Racing goes through on an away goal rule. It was the first goal in sixth appearance for the former Waasland-Beveren’s midfielder who proves out to be a fantastic addition to Clement’s side.
Nonetheless, the hosts still have to work hard in order to book one of top six spots at the end of the regular part of the season. The fine spell of form has climbed them up to sixth, but they could drop down right away in case of a potential failure against Zulte-Waregem here.
The visitors will also enter the match high on confidence after a fine start of the year. Waregem are unbeaten in four games in 2018, three of which have seen them net two goals. The Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka has been particularly inspired of late, netting a goal in each of last two games and he’ll no doubts be the main threat to Genk’s goal on Friday.
Genk vs Zulte-Waregem: Head-to-head
Genk lead the head to head tie by ten wins ahead of their 36th meeting with Zulte-Waregem.
Racing have won five of last six encounters with Waregem.
None of last four H2H matches saw either teams on target or three or more goals.
Genk vs Zulte-Waregem: Prediction
Genk have managed to keep clean sheets in last two matches, but their defensive lien will be on a heavy pressure on Friday given Waregem’s fine spell of form in the final third of late.
Since Genk’s players should feel fatigue after playing the exhausting cup tie with Kortrijk on Tuesday, and since they are winless in last six league outings at home, we have to see the value in backing Zulte-Waregem or Draw Double Chance at the odds of 2.20.
Genk vs Zulte-Waregem: Bet Tips
Zulte-Waregem or Draw Double Chance @ 2.20
Genk to keep a clean sheet – NO @ 1.44