Waasland-Beveren, OH Leuven and Beerschot have only known since yesterday’s General Meeting that they will play in the highest class next season, but have had to wait less to know their first opponent.
The Pro League did not delay the start of the competition and immediately started redrawing the schedule to 18 teams. The opening games were not affected: Club Brugge will receive Charleroi on Saturday, August 8, Standard will take on Cercle Brugge.
Striking: Antwerp and KV Mechelen open the league in their own stadium, despite the ban on sports matches in the province of Antwerp due to the corona measures.
“The very complex puzzle that is the layout of the calendar made the current schedule the only option,” the Pro League said. “It goes without saying that the playing times of these games are subject to covid-19 measures.”
Also on the second day there are no toppers on the program. Club Brugge makes the long journey to Eupen, AA Gent receives Kortrijk and Anderlecht looks STVV in the eye.
The Pro League still has some key work on the other match days. The times of the next games will be announced on Wednesday 5 August.
But football fans can already eagerly look forward to the 23rd and 28th match day. In the weekend of January 29-31, some great stars are on the bill with Club Brugge-Standard and Anderlecht-AA Gent. With Standard-Anderlecht and AA Gent-Club Brugge, there is also a lot to enjoy in the weekend of February 26-28.