Oostende did their job in the last match against Leuven when they justified the role of a slight favorite and recorded a 1:2 away victory after a complete reversal.
They went on a break with a 1:0 deficit but approached more offensively as the match moved to the second and managed to level up in the 59th over Theate. They continued to put some pressure on the opponent’s defense which crumbled in the 72nd when Ngawa scored an own goal and set the final result in this encounter.
Oostende is at 10th spot in the standings, still in a race for the Europan exit places, as only a point separates them and play-off placed Kortjirk.
Right-back Bataille (16/0) is suspended now, with midfielder Boonen (5/0) being doubtful and unlikely to play.
Charleroi failed to be more competitive in the last match on the road against Antwerp when they come with a 2:1 defeat.
They looked a bit passive throughout the encounter, but never the leas took the lead in the 51st after an own goal by Seck. However, the hosts appeared far more concrete at the finishing, and with two goals scored in the 73rd and the 78th, completely reversed the result and took this important win.
Charleroi is currently at 3rs place in the overall rankings, being six points in deficit compared to leaders from Club Brugge.
Defensive midfielder Ilaimaharitra (15/0) is still suspended, while injured remain offensive Nkuba (11/0), with offensive players Rezai (13/6) and Goranov (2/0) being doubtful.
No passive approach
Both sides are in search of a new three points in the upcoming clash, so a more open game is to be expected. Their offenses are doing a good job this season in Jupiler League, and in my opinion, there will be no clean sheets here. After all, each of them has, more or less, an inconsistent backline, which can certainly be exploited to make this clash as interesting as possible.