Union St Gilloise (@2.1) vs Oud-Heverlee Leuven (@3.1)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Union St Gilloise will win

Union St Gilloise – Oud-Heverlee Leuven Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 11:00

I counted seven people in front of me who wanted a ticket in the stand and were told that they were at the standing window, and had to go to the other window. Ten euros for a place on the terrace seemed good value. I supplied my ID card, as those in front were doing this too, but given that I was issued my unreserved ticket two seconds later, this action was probably superfluous. Beautiful Belgian bureaucracy. The ticket booth is immediately adjacent to the entrance on the street but you need to go to the right person at the right window for the right section.

A spattering of applause, accompanied the teams emergence and, rather underwhelmingly, the game kicked off. The atmosphere did liven up though, and the Union fans became more vocal and boisterous as the alcohol made it past the fat plaque and into the bloodstream. Hundreds of fans were still queuing to get in, as the security minions long-nailed cavity searches continued. There is always someone who decides to sit down in the crowd though, to get shade or something similarly pathetic, and becomes the principal trip-hazard. Decent quality terrace rails to lean on beats a seat any day, provided its not ridiculously packed.

Colours everywhere. Brussels, however, is not a football city in that sense. Strolling around near the Grand Place on the day of an Anderlecht v Standard Liege match, the only way youd discover two footballing rivals were ready to lock horns would be if you went down to the metro, at the right time. If you walk around the city centre on match day in a place like Glasgow, Munich or Manchester, you can tell theres a game on.. Proper football cities.

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Union Saint-Gilloise - Oud-Heverlee head to head

They were not promoted to the Pro League a couple of years ago after winning the Proximus League (second tier), due to financial impropriety, and subsequently had all licenses revoked. Just like that. White Star Woluwe (as they were then, later becoming RWS Brussels) were playing in the second tier, at Stade Fallon, where my kids did after-school sports, but it never seemed professional. The club no longer exist. I didnt realise Brussels had more than one professional football team when I arrived in 2011.

By clicking on the team names you can examine the teams on their actual form in particular. These facts should all be considered to place a successful bet on this match. The match preview to the football match UNION SAINT GILLOISE vs OUD HEVERLEE LEUVEN in the Tweede Klasse of Belgium compares both teams and includes match predictions the latest matches of the teams, the match facts, head to head (h2h), goal statistics, table standings, match strengths and at least a computer calculated match prediction.

Leuven were a much taller team, and played in a way that would try to capitalise upon this. Leuven took and early lead but, in 24 minutes, Union equalised with a nice cutback and ankle into the bottom corner. The match descended into a cross-stitch of misplaced passes, late tackles, poor control and calamitous timing. The quality of the game was, in all honesty, a bit minging. The game stopped and started all the way until the 89th minute, when my tactical pre-departure pee was tinkling to the soundtrack of the fifty or so Leuven fans celebrating a late winner.

For all that many new-builds are dismissed as soulless bowls, this is a bowl of soul. Its asymmetry and what-can-we-put-there-ness is wonderfully charming, in a genuine non-patronising way. The stadium has many interesting things to look at within its environ, including different styles of floodlights on either side of the pitch, a large white building behind the closed-off terrace, a ramshackle main stand with the robustness of an antique caravan, all within a park.

Anyway, enough about the bar. The seating is unassigned, so those with standing tickets could easily sit down, as I did in the second half. After the security minion frisked my sweaty garments for longer than was comfortable, I was in. The paths running behind the seats and behind the stadium offer a good view and easy access in and out of the terracing. There is one principal entrance for everyone except the guests of honour and the away fans.

Union St.-Gilloise - Oud-Heverlee H2H

They run a system where you buy your ticket for a beer (2) from the trustworthy lady, and then try hand it to the overworked teenager behind the bar in exchange for some foamy fabulousness. The drinks were being bought, mostly, in multiples of six, as thats how many the drinks carrier could hold. I decided to peruse the club bar, which reminded me of the bowling club bars I used to see growing up in Scotland, with a couple of yellow and blue scarves and symbols.

I can just imagine some Nanny-State Rock Steady steward turning purple at the news of such anarchy. This was necessary because the club house ran out of beer just before halftime. Both the club and the bar outside the ground were perfectly chilled about this, as it was a solution that suited both parties. The well-hidden buvette behind the terrace is, or at least, was, possibly the slowest bar queue Ive ever waited in. Having spent the whole of half-time waiting, and not really moving, I decided to copy others and hop to the bar outside the stadium and bring my beer in.

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