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Brilliant weekend away and thank you to the fans for your hospitality.

 

Was very impressed with the performance and how you try to play the game. Fingers crossed for the rest of the season and hopefully see some of you over here in a few weeks time 

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22 hours ago, Lizhang said:

Last few games have spurred a return to form it seems. We grab the opponent by the throat from the start and don't fall back after taking the lead. The fact that our biggest rivals haven't taken advantage of our poor efforts (and appalling referees) over the past two months, makes it once again more likely to top the second period as well, and avoid having to play the finals. Not playing the finals would also give the club more time to prepare for first division. I think there is close to a month between the last game of the competition, and the last game of the finals.

Do you guys play a high pressing style like Leicester do under Rodgers?

 

Hope Leuven get to the top division this season!

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Was a great trip , i have now manged to sober up . Fantastic hospitality ,met great people and had a blast . The cancelled ferries , immigrants and coach door added an extra element to the trip .

OH played some good stuff and thoroughly deserved their win , will definitely return some time in the future .

 

All thanks to our owners , who have to be the best in football

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Meanwhile yesterday OHL drew nil-nil against Union SG in a replay of the game that was cancelled due to floodlight failure last year. Both teams played with many new names as the match was of little importance and focus lies on the coming few matches.

 

Youngsters Thierno Gaye (20) and Toon Raemaekers (19) got a first start, as did our Slovenian summer signing Milan Tučić (23). All did quite well although Gaye got sent off on the hour mark after collecting a second yellow. Team held on to the draw but could have lost easily, although Perbet, who also got to start, squandered some chances on the counter by being too selfish.

 

Anyway, focus on the big match friday...

 

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51 minutes ago, Pelotas said:

Meanwhile yesterday OHL drew nil-nil against Union SG in a replay of the game that was cancelled due to floodlight failure last year. Both teams played with many new names as the match was of little importance and focus lies on the coming few matches.

 

Youngsters Thierno Gaye (20) and Toon Raemaekers (19) got a first start, as did our Slovenian summer signing Milan Tučić (23). All did quite well although Gaye got sent off on the hour mark after collecting a second yellow. Team held on to the draw but could have lost easily, although Perbet, who also got to start, squandered some chances on the counter by being too selfish.

 

Anyway, focus on the big match friday...

 

6-minute version:

 

https://www.proximus-sports.be/nl/voetbal/proximus-league/video/27828/samenvatting-oh-leuven-union-saint-gilloise

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1 hour ago, Pelotas said:

Meanwhile yesterday OHL drew nil-nil against Union SG in a replay of the game that was cancelled due to floodlight failure last year. Both teams played with many new names as the match was of little importance and focus lies on the coming few matches.

 

Youngsters Thierno Gaye (20) and Toon Raemaekers (19) got a first start, as did our Slovenian summer signing Milan Tučić (23). All did quite well although Gaye got sent off on the hour mark after collecting a second yellow. Team held on to the draw but could have lost easily, although Perbet, who also got to start, squandered some chances on the counter by being too selfish.

 

Anyway, focus on the big match friday...

 

Why do you say that this game was of little importance? If OHL won, they could have gone further ahead at the top of the league

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7 minutes ago, coolcol said:

Why do you say that this game was of little importance? If OHL won, they could have gone further ahead at the top of the league

Rescheduled game from the first part of the Season. Basically a friendly 

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16 minutes ago, Ashley said:

Rescheduled game from the first part of the Season. Basically a friendly

That makes sense now as they had already won the first half league.

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22 hours ago, coolcol said:

That makes sense now as they had already won the first half league.

Exactly, although it still matters for the overall combined standings in case two different teams win both halves. In that case in the promotion playoffs between these two teams, the team with the most points overall gets home advantage in the return leg. As Euvrard used many reserves, obviously they focus on going for the win in the second part of the season, which would mean automatic promotion. In the overall standings they're however only two points clear of Virton and three of Westerlo (but largely behind to both teams on goal difference), so if either one of those manages to win the second half of the season and overtakes OHL in the overall standings, they'll lose home advantage in the promotion playoffs. In that case a win against Union SG might still have made a difference in playing home or away first.

 

Continuing on that, yesterday the postponed match of last weekend (due to storm Ciara) between Westerlo and Lokeren ended in 3-2, pushing OH Leuven again into second place (standings in the second half of the league). So virtually we're looking at promotion playoffs between OHL and Westerlo. If Westerlo wins all three remaining matches, OHL can only overtake them by also winning three times and making up a 5 goal deficit in the process, don't see that happening.

 

                                 Points    Wins     Losses     Draws     Goals made     Goals conceded     Goal difference

 

1. Westerlo                  17          5             4               2                 20                          16                             +4

2. OH Leuven             17          5             4               2                 18                         19                              -1 

3. Beerschot                17          4             2               5                 12                          7                              +5

4. Virton                       17          4             2               5                 12                          8                              +4

5. Lommel                   15          4             4               3                 11                          15                             -4

6. Union                      15          3             2               6                 14                          10                             +4

7. Roeselare               12          2             4               6                 16                          17                              -1

8. Lokeren                    6           1             5               4                  9                          20                              -11

 

Classification rules: 1) points, 2) matches won, 3) goal diff, 4) goals scored, 5) away goals scored, 6) away matches won, 7) playoff

 

Never happened before that 4 teams, let alone 6, still have a realistic chance of winning with just three games to go. All games are now crucial as it might come down to matches won or even goal difference. Tomorrow is already do or die:

 

Remaining matches

This weekend:

Friday:

Beerschot - OH Leuven

Saturday:

Union - Roeselare

Lommel - Westerlo

Sunday:

Lokeren - Virton

 

Penultimate matchday:

21 Feb: OH Leuven - Union SG

22 Feb: Westerlo - Virton and Roeselare - Lokeren

23 Feb: Beerschot - Lommel

 

Final matchday:

28 Feb: Lommel - Roeselare, Lokeren - Beerschot, Union SG - Westerlo and Virton - OH Leuven

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2-1 defeat against Beerschot today, although we were the better team. Shit happens sometimes...

 

This result might be the end to our dreams on winning the 2nd period. Time to focus on the final!

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Results and standings after the 12th week of the 2nd period.

 

Beerschot - OH Leuven   2-1

Union - Roeselare            3-3                 

Lommel - Westerlo           0-1

Lokeren - Virton                0-2


 

                                 Points    Wins     Losses     Draws     Goals made     Goals conceded     Goal difference

 

1. Westerlo                  20          6             4               2                 21                          16                             +5

2. Beerschot                20          5             2               5                 14                           8                              +6

3. Virton                       20          5             2               5                 14                           8                              +6

4. OH Leuven             17          5             5               2                 19                          21                              -2

5. Union                      16          3             2               7                 17                          13                             +4

6. Lommel                   15          4             5               3                 11                          16                              -5

7. Roeselare               13          2             4               7                 19                          20                              -1

8. Lokeren                   6           1             6                3                  7                          18                             -11

 

The winner of the 2nd period will face us in the final. If we also win the 2nd period, we automatically win the league an go up to the 1st division.

 

Overall standings:

 

                                Points    Wins     Losses     Draws     Goals made     Goals conceded     Goal difference

 

1. Virton                     47          14             7              5                 40                         18                          +22

2. Westerlo                46          14             8              4                 42                         26                          +16

3. OH Leuven           46          14             8              4                 41                         31                          +10

4. Union                     39           9              5             12               35                         28                           +7

5. Beerschot              37          10             9              7                27                         27                             0

6. Lommel                 26            6            12             8                 20                         35                          -15

7. Roeselare             23            5            12             9                 35                         52                          -17

8. Lokeren                19            4             15             7                 22                         45                          -23 

 

At the end of the regular season the teams that finished 1st, 2nd, 3th, 4th, 5th and 6th will participate in Playoff 2 with the numbers 7 through 16 of the 1st division. The winner of Playoff 2 will compete with the 4th placed team in Playoff 1 for a place the Europa League 2nd qualifying round.

 

The 2 bottom teams will face off in a best-of-5 to decide who drops down to the 1st amateur division. 

 

Next week's fixtures:

 

Friday:

OH Leuven - Union

Saturday:

Westerlo - Virton

Roeselare - Lokeren

 

Sunday:

Beerschot - Lommel

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Is the final at a neutral venue, over two legs or at the home ground of one of the finalists?

 

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1 hour ago, Nalis said:

Is the final at a neutral venue, over two legs or at the home ground of one of the finalists?

 

The final will be played over 2 legs. The team with the best position in the overall standings can play the 2nd leg at home.

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Terrible weekend for OHL really. Lost against direct opponents Beerschot while both Virton and Westerlo also won their match. While mathematically it's still possible to win the second half of the season, it's very unlikely all three teams above will slip up with just two matches to go. What's worse, both Virton and Westerlo have now overtaken OHL in the overall standings, which, if this remains like that and one of them wins the second period, will mean that the first leg of the promotion playoffs will be played in Leuven, the return leg will occur in Westerlo/Virton.

 

So, now sure which team we want to meet in the promotion finals:

* Beerschot is the weakest of the three teams and we'll have home advantage, but they have a strong backing and have narrowly missed out on promotion the two previous seasons. They will be fired up should they reach the promotion playoffs.

* Westerlo has a decent team but it's quite close (30 mins by car) and a cozy small stadium to take over, but we tend to do very poorly against their coach (Bob Peeters).

* Virton has the strongest team of the three, but it's probably the place in the whole of Belgium with the longest commute from Leuven. >2hrs by car. On the other hand they were amateurs last season and their facilities are really subpar...  surely this team is not fit for the top division.

 

Remaining fixtures:

21 Feb: OH Leuven - Union SG

22 Feb: Westerlo - Virton and Roeselare - Lokeren

23 Feb: Beerschot - Lommel

 

Final matchday:

28 Feb: Lommel - Roeselare, Lokeren - Beerschot, Union SG - Westerlo and Virton - OH Leuven

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If the current standings were final, then the following would happen:

  • Division 1B Promotional Playoffs between winner of first half of the season (OH Leuven) and winner of second half of the season (Westerlo). Two legged finals, with Westerlo hosting the return match by virtue of being higher ranked in the overall standings (both 46 pts but Westerlo leading on goal diff).

 

  • Playoff 2 (Europa League Playoffs): Virton, Westerlo, OH Leuven, Union SG, Beerschot and Lommel qualify by virtue of finishing top 6 overall (period 1 + period 2). Virtual groups:
    •  group A: Mechelen, Oostende, Waasland-Beveren, Lommel
    •  group B: Zulte Waregem, Eupen, Cercle Brugge, Beerschot
    •  group C: Anderlecht, Sint-Truiden, Virton, Union SG
    •  group D: Excel Mouscron, Kortrijk, Westerlo, OH Leuven
    •  4 group winners play home & away semi finals (A vs C & B vs D) and final with highest league finisher always hosting the return match. Final winner plays 4th place finisher of playoff 1 (or 5th in case one of top four wins the cup, in this case if Antwerp or Club Brugge win the cup and finish top 4) for final European ticket in single match at stadium of highest league finisher = PO1 team. 

 

  • Playoff 3 (Relegation Playoffs): bottom two teams in the overall 1B standings, Roeselare and Lokeren, take part in a best-of-five playoff. As Roeselare (24pts) finished ahead of Lokeren (19pts), they start with home advantage and receive a three point head start.

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... quite strange that having won the fist half of the season OHL then go on the beach for the earlier games,!!

 Instead of building on what they had achieved, totally switched off. 

  Losing their manager did not help but they were under performing even then. 

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9 hours ago, sacreblueits442 said:

 

... quite strange that having won the fist half of the season OHL then go on the beach for the earlier games,!!

 Instead of building on what they had achieved, totally switched off. 

  Losing their manager did not help but they were under performing even then. 

True! That bad spell of games in the beginning of the 2nd period costs us dearly, especially our loses at home against Beerschot (0-3), Virton (0-2) and Westerlo (1-3). We also can't forget we lost 5 points due to questionable decisions by the refs.

 

To end on a positive note, we're getting back to our normal form. I really think we'll be at our best for the finals. I'm actually quite confident that we will win the championship! 

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On 17/02/2020 at 00:23, sacreblueits442 said:

 

... quite strange that having won the fist half of the season OHL then go on the beach for the earlier games,!!

 Instead of building on what they had achieved, totally switched off. 

  Losing their manager did not help but they were under performing even then. 

True,

it has been the case the three previous seasons as well that the team winning the first half somehow loses momentum or "suffers from decompression" as they refer to it in Belgium. No team has been able to win both halves of the season in the four seasons we've had this format, although Mechelen came really close last season. Makes for some exciting playoff matches though… :chant:

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On 10/02/2020 at 14:45, Lizhang said:

Last few games have spurred a return to form it seems. We grab the opponent by the throat from the start and don't fall back after taking the lead. The fact that our biggest rivals haven't taken advantage of our poor efforts (and appalling referees) over the past two months, makes it once again more likely to top the second period as well, and avoid having to play the finals. Not playing the finals would also give the club more time to prepare for first division. I think there is close to a month between the last game of the competition, and the last game of the finals.

Less than two weeks later and we're shit again. And by shit, i mean shit.

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