Lokeren vs Genk
Belgium First Division A
Date: Sunday, 29 July 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Daknamstadion, Lokeren.
Genk head into the First Division A opener high on confidence after clinching a demolishing 5-0 victory in the first leg of the Europa League tie with Fola Esch. Blauw-Wit thus backed up the splendid pre-season forma as they justified the favourites tag closing the tie with the Luxembourg’s opposition before the reverse fixture. They can now focus entirely on a fresh start in the domestic league where Philippe Clement’s men will have a tough task to grab the spoils from Daknamstadion.
Lokeren were a tough nut to crack in their backyard in the previous term of the competition. Nevertheless, they will begin the new campaign in somewhat lower spirits after a poor spell of results in pre-season friendlies. Tricolores had huge troubles with the creativity in the final third, failing to score more than two goals in five friendly games. They will come into this off the back of three straight losses which is indeed a poor record if we know the opposition came in the likes of AZ, Lommel and Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Lokeren vs Genk: Head-to-head
Genk were the more successful side in the history of head to head matches with Tricolores.
Blauw-Wit lead the H2H tie by nine wins coming into the 54th encounter with Lokeren.
Genk won two and drew two of last four outings with Tricolores, including a 1-2 victory from their previous clash at Daknamstadion.
Lokeren vs Genk: Prediction
Clement’s side will enter the new season with a number of changes, but the Belgian manager seems to have bed in the new arrivals successfully if we are to judge by team’s off-season showings. Blauw-Wit won all of last eight matches netting four or more goals in seven along the way. Rivals did include some amateur side, but there were opponents such as Olympiacos Piraeus and Royal-Excel Mouscron along the way.
To sum it all up, the quality, the form and the H2H history all speak in Genk’s favour and we have to go for the 2.00 odds offered for the away win pick here. Since the visitors were ruthless in front of opponents’ goal lately, we will also back them to net two or more goals at the 1.90 odds.
Lokeren vs Genk: Bet Tips
Genk to win @ 2.00
Genk Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.90.