Top teams in the Belgian football first division will start the new, 2020-21 season this weekend. Fans can see football again after almost 5 months following the early termination of the previous season. Club Brugge are the defending champions and the biggest favourites again in the Belgium Jupiler League winner odds. But let’s see the other teams with a chance to become champions.
From the new season 18 teams will compete in the Belgian top football league instead of 16. It is due to a court decision which ruled that the relegated team of Waasland-Beveren should be reinstated in the first league. As they didn’t have the chance to retain their place in the shortened season. So in order to keep the court’s decision, the league has been increased to 18. Each of the teams will play 34 games in the regular season. Then the first four teams will continue in the play-off 1, where they fight for the title. Teams between 5th and 8th position will play in play-off 2 for another qualification slot to European competition. RSC Anderlecht is the most successful team with 34 titles followed by Club Brugge, Union Saint-Gilloise and Standard Liege. But last season they only finished in 8th place, while Club Brugge won the championship.
Belgium Jupiler League winner odds favour defending champions
Online sportsbooks in Belgium are offering the smallest odds, 1.60 at 1xBet Sportsbook for another victory of Club Brugge. The team won last season confidently, with a 15 points lead ahead of 2nd-place Gent. But their new season didn’t start on the best way after losing the Belgian Cup final against Antwerp last week. Still Club Brugge has a strong team with players like ex-Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet and key players in the midfield, Hans Vanaken and Ruud Vormer. While in front Nigerian David Okereke, last season’s record signing and his compatriot, Emmanuel Dennis will try to improve on their previous statistics.
Gent finished in second place and can be the biggest rival of Brugge this season again. Their odds to win the league is 5.50 at 1xBet Sportsbook. The club has only won the league once so far, in the 2014-15 season. But the current team has several talented players, like Canadian striker Jonathan David who has just been signed by French side Lille. They will still have Ukrainian forward Roman Yaremchuk and Belgian Laurent Depoitre in the team though.
Former champions are offered higher odds
The most famous Belgian team, Anderlecht had a rubbish season last year after finishing only in 8th place. This was one of the worst results of the team which won the league last time in the 2016-17 season. So fans and club management must be waiting for another title. Showing their intention they signed South African Percy Tau from champions Brugge. And of course the club has Vincent Kompany as the captain of the team, who might act as a manager later. Online gambling sites in Belgium are considering the team in the favourites, with the odds of 10.00.
While another old club, Antwerp is following them with the odds of 12.00 at 1xBet Sportsbook in the Belgium Jupiler League winner odds. They finished 4th last season which also meant qualification for the Europa League. They won 4 league titles in their history but all of their successes came from more than 50 years ago. The club spent several seasons in the second division and returned back to the top league only in 2017. Since then they’ve improved every year, and now they even managed to beat the champions in the cup final. So who knows, Antwerp might surprise everyone and achieve an even better result this season.