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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Belgian battle should see action at both ends

Hard to pick a winner between untrustworthy opponents

Former Sevilla reserve goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa earned a win against Kortrijk on his debut for Oostende
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Belgian First Division 
7.30pm Friday

West Flanders rivals Oostende and Zulte-Waregem have looked seriously leaky in the opening salvos of the First Division A, so expect goals when they clash on Friday.

It took just three matches for rookie Oostende boss Gert Verheyen to lose faith in keeper Willy Dutoit after the Frenchman shipped eight goals in those games.

That enabled young Cameroonian cat Fabrice Ondoa, signed in the summer from Sevilla’s reserves, to go between the sticks at Kortrijk. He couldn’t keep a clean sheet either, but at least Oostende won 2-1, making it won two, lost two.

Verheyen, the former Belgium international forward, has endeavoured to add more strength to his back line by securing the services of Laurens De Bock from Leeds for the season.

He should go straight into the squad to face Essevee, who had been unbeaten in three before crashing 3-0 at Cercle Brugge at the weekend.

Francky Dury’s men pretty well bossed the affair – they had 13 corners and 60 per cent possession – but defensive errors proved costly.

It looks likely to be a close game. Oostende weren’t that impressive beating Kortrijk and their one other success was against a Mouscron side who finished the game with nine men.

Neither outfit looks particularly trustworthy but that always seems to be the case when they meet. Both teams have scored in the last ten meetings with six of those producing over 2.5 goalsand that could happen again.

Both teams to score & over 2.5 goals
1pt 5-6 Sky Bet

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It has taken just three matches for rookie Oostende boss Gert Verheyen to lose faith in keeper Willy Dutoit
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