Eupen hosts Anderlecht in the first leg of the Belgian Cup semifinals. The match will be played on Thursday, February 3rd at Kehrwegstadion (Eupen)
Eupen began to show decent results only in the last decade. In 2010, the Pandas got the right to debut in the country’s top division, and soon new owners appeared: the same fund from Qatar that supports PSG. In Belgium, they are not nearly as generous and ambitious and are actually limited to keeping Eupen in the elite. In the current season, the Pandas will most likely take a place somewhere above the relegation zone again, although the latest results are clearly not encouraging. A draw against Seraing extended the winless streak to seven consecutive matches in the championship. However, the Pandas managed to knock out three opponents from the Belgian Cup, including Zulte-Waregem and Mechelen.
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Anderlecht still cannot regain the status of the strongest team in the country. And it seems that the Purple-Whites will again take only third or fourth place. It is unlikely that they will be able to impose real competition for Club Brugge KV, despite the departure of Clement, and the sensational newcomer, Union Saint-Gilloise, also feels quite confident in the current season. Moreover, after the New Year, Anderlecht lost too many points. The club did not beat Standard Liege at home and lost to Cercle Brugge and Royal Union SG. But in the cup, the Purple-Whites were lucky with the draw, and it is not surprising that they eliminated Seraing and Kortrijk and advanced to the semifinals. And Eupen cannot be called a strong opponent either.
Anderlecht and Eupen played 14 head-to-head matches, and the away side gained only one victory back in 2017 (the Purple-Whites did it). And then the score was 3-2, and a couple of own goals helped. I think Eupen has already surpassed itself in the current cup draw. And Anderlecht needs success at least in this tournament, so let’s believe that an ambitious club will be able to win.