Frank Dury will not able to use Zulte-Waregem’s starting goalkeeper, Bossut who is still injured, as well as De Sart who is serving a red card suspension. Team morale has dropped down after losing their last game against Sporting Charleroi when Zulte lost two goals just before the end of the match. Hosts are expected to be really determined to get back on the winning path, as their ambitions for the current season are really high. They also want to boost team morale before the first game in the Europa League against Nice on Thursday. Zulte seem to have enough potential to beat the -0.75 handicap, however, they will need to stay more concentrated than in previous matches. Frank Dury is known for his offensive approach and Zulte-Waregem take a lot of risks in almost every game. They create a lot of scoring situations, but will face one of the best defensive lines in the league on Saturday, therefore, beating 2.75 total goals line may cause them problems.
Kortrijk will need to face their rivals without Van Loo, Ivanof, and Lepoint as they are all ruled out for this match through injuries. The atmosphere is average as Kortrijk have managed to secure just one point in their last two fixtures. Visitors will need a very good performance to beat Zulte-Waregem as their rivals are more experienced and seem to have more quality in the team. The +0.75 handicap seems to be a fair reflection of the difference in potential between the two sides. Visitors have scored only five goals in five games so far, mainly due to the fact that they take a rather cautious approach in their matches and do not put pressure on their rivals to increase the lead. If neither side will be able to score in the early stages of the match, beating the 2.75 goals line may be really problematic.
Verdict & Prediction
After a really impressive start to the current season, Zulte-Waregem have lost two out of their three league fixtures. They have dropped to 6th position in the table and are just two points above Saturday’s rival favorites favourites for this match and will be very eager to collect three points and narrow the distance to the teams at the top of the table. Only a victory will be seen as a satisfactory result.
Prediction: Waregem -0.75 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.86 Pinnacle