Union St. Gilloise vs Leuven Prediction & Match Preview

Steffen Schmidt - August 9, 2023

Union Saint-Gilloise vs Leuven
Belgian First Division A
Date: 12 August 2023, Saturday
Kick-off at 17:15 UK / 18:15 CET
Venue: Stade Joseph Marlen (Bruxelles).

Union Saint-Gilloise will have a nice opportunity to prolong their perfect record at the start of the new Belgian top flight campaign on Saturday afternoon when they host Leuven in Matchday No 3.

Alexander Blessin’s men are yet to concede in the new season, following back-to-back clean-sheet successes against Anderlecht and Standard Liege.

Dennis Eckert-Ayensa made the difference eight days ago in Liege, making it two goals in two outings at the start of the new season.

Union could have easily celebrated a more convincing win against a ten-man opposition last Friday, firing 24 attempts on the occasion.

They are massive favorites against Leuven who dropped the ball in a surprising home defeat to newly-promoted RWD Molenbeek seven days ago.

Leuven thus sit at just one point from the opening two affairs against Sporting Charleroi and RWDM.

The fact they faced 15 shots in the home match against the elite-class debutants says enough about their form at the start of the season.

This will be the music to the ears of Eckert-Ayensa who seems to be scoring for fun these days.

Union Saint-Gilloise vs Leuven Head-to-head

  • Union Saint-Gilloise picked up two separate clean-sheet wins over Leuven in the previous term of the First Division A.
  • The hosts enter this on the back of four wins in the last five meetings with Leuven.
  • We have seen three or more goals scored in four of the previous five head to head matches between these counterparts.

Union Saint-Gilloise vs Leuven Prediction

The home win to nil has to be the way to go here at the attractive 2.62 odds knowing Union are yet to concede this season, despite facing respectable rivals in the likes of Anderlecht and Standard Liege in the opening two rounds.

On the other side, Leuven’s back line revealed too many holes last weekend against RWDM and we can hardly see them keeping things quiet at the back against one of the best teams in the league on the road. Dennis Eckert is well worth backing to score anytime for the hosts at the 1.95 odds.

Union Saint-Gilloise vs Leuven Betting Tips

  • Union Saint-Gilloise to win to nil @ 2.62 (13/8)
  • Dennis Eckert to score anytime @ 1.95 (19/20) odd.