Leuven vs Westerlo
Belgium – Jupiler League
Date: Saturday, 30 July 2022
Kick-off at 17:15 UK / 18:15 CET
Venue: Den Dreef.
Round Two of Belgian Jupiler League kick-start this week as OH Leuven play host to the newly promoted Westerlo. These two sides will be seen crossing swords at Den Dreef this Friday.
Leuven finished the 2021/22 season at the mid-table at 11th spot securing 41 points from 34 matches. The side however had many defensive issues last time and as a result they had 47:58 goal difference. But they came improved in this time, unbeaten in all the friendlies winning 3 of the 5 played.
The hosts come into this on the back of an impressive 2-0 win away at Kortrijk on the opening day of the season last weekend. But they have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 14 goals in the process.
On the other hand, Westerlo come into this season on the back of finishing top in the First Division B, last season and being promoted to the top-flight of Belgian football. They won 5 of the 8 pre-season friendlies played while losing twice on the run.
The visitors head into the encounter after a 2-0 league win over of Cercle Brugge in their most recent fixture. They have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 7 goals in total which shows that defensively, Westerlo have not been doing well.
Leuven vs Westerlo Head-to-head (h2h)
- Their last 5 h2h games saw Leuven with 3 wins while Westerlo won once.
- Over 2.5 goals were seen in their last 4 league meet-ups.
- They last met in 2021 Belgium Cup where Leuven won by 3-2 margin.
Leuven vs Westerlo Prediction
Oud-Heverlee Leuven are currently on a 5-game unbeaten run at home. They were entertaining during pre-season and they will be hoping to push into the European playoff places this season. The side even though were poor at home last season, they have been much improved this time around.
Meanwhile, Westerlo’s latest clashes with this rival have been high-scoring with over 2.5 goals in each of the last 3 encounters in Jupiler Pro League. But the side have not won 3 of the last 4 away from home in the league.
On considering their previous h2h stats and form, both sides come in as strong contenders. A draw or home win would appear as the likeliest outcome for this one between two sides that have started in similarly impressive fashion.
Leuven vs Westerlo Betting tips
Leuven to win Draw no Bet @ 1.61 odds.
Over 2.5 goals & BTTS @ 2.00 odds.