Belgian Cup semi-finals

21.01.2020

In this season’s edition of the Belgian Cup, we have 4 first division teams remaining to duke it out in the first leg of the semi-finals. On Wednesday, January 22, we have a West-Flemish derby between Pro League dominator Club Bruges and brave underdog SV Zulte Waregem. The following day, Thursday January 23, it’s a duel between Golden Palace-sponsored sides RAFC and KV Kortrijk. With the second leg of these semi-finals still a few weeks away, it remains to be seen what the strategies will be: will the Final Four go all-out for a big result ahead of the second meeting, or will they use this first leg as a study round? And – more importantly for the sports bettors among us – how can we make some money through clever bets?

Club Bruges – SV Zulte Waregem (Wednesday, January 22, 8.45 p.m.)

Club Bruges may be tearing through its Pro League competitors without mercy this season, Cup games are a wholly different situation. Remember when lowly SK Deinze, a minnow from the amateur league, baffled Belgium by booting big bad Bruges out of the Cup tournament? This year, things are looking brighter for the record Belgian Cup holder. Club lifted the coveted trophy 11 times already in the past.

A double – the Belgian champion’s title as well as the Belgian Cup – seems within reach, but the next hurdle will be a tough SV Zulte Waregem. The steady Pro League presence also has a rich history of participation in the Belgian Cup. It made it all the way to the final 3 times before, winning twice. The last time it did so was in 2017 when it beat KV Oostende. Upsets are never ruled out in true cup games!

Statistics

Road to the semi-finals Club Bruges:

  • RSC Anderlecht – Club Bruges: 0-2
  • KV Oostende - Club Bruges: 1-1 (2-4)
  • Francs Borains – Club Bruges: 0-3

Road to the semi-finals SV Zulte Waregem:

  • SV Zulte Waregem – Sporting Charleroi: 2-0
  • SV Zulte Waregem – STVV: 3-0
  • SV Zulte Waregem – Duffel: 4-2

Head-to-head record (40 most recent encounters):

  • Club Bruges: 24 victories
  • 7 draws
  • SV Zulte Waregem: 9 victories

Recent results (all competitions):

Club Bruges is in its greatest shape in ages, so expect it to make a point against SV Zulte Waregem: Club Bruges to win with a 2-goal margin gives you nice odds @3.60!

If you trust in an off day for big bad Bruges, you could win €100 from a €10 bet on SV Zulte Waregem @10.00!

RAFC – KV Kortrijk (Thursday, January 23, 8.45 p.m.)

RAFC has been yearning to reach a Belgian Cup final since 1992. The Golden Palace-sponsored team from Antwerp didn’t win the trophy back then, but did manage to do so twice in earlier years. In recent history, RAFC has shown great form, so there’s a case to be made for making it once more. It’s a steady contender in the regular Belgian competition, and it overcame some big Pro League competitors too.

Fate has decided to put 2 Golden Palace-sponsored teams against each other in this semi-final: RAFC’s opponent on Thursday evening is none other than KV Kortrijk. The third West-Flemish side still remaining in the race doesn’t have the biggest credentials here: it only has made it to the final once before, in 2012, losing it to Sporting Lokeren. Are we to see a surprise upset between the two GP Reds?

Statistics

Road to the semi-finals RAFC:

  • Standard Liège – RAFC: 1-3
  • RAFC – KRC Genk: 3-3 (4-3)
  • RAFC – Lokeren: 4-2

Road to the semi-finals KV Kortrijk:

  • Union Saint-Gilloise – KV Kortrijk: 0-1
  • KV Kortrijk – KAS Eupen: 2-1
  • RFC Seraing – KV Kortrijk: 1-3

Head-to-head record (14 most recent encounters):

  • RAFC: 4 victories
  • 3 draws
  • KV Kortrijk: 7 victories

Recent results (all competitions):

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