Our prediction for this Belgian Cup match:
All eyes will be on Bosuilstadion when Antwerp and Mechelen go head to head in the Belgian Super Cup on Sunday afternoon. Antwerp won the Jupiler League trophy on the last day thriller, but they have big ambitions for the upcoming season as well. Centre-back Willian Pacho is no longer part of the team, while new signing Jacob Ondrejka is widely expected to make his official debut against Mechelen.
The visitors, on the other hand, made it to the Belgian Cup final last term where Antwerp proved to be a big catch for them. The Reds are still more of a team than Mechelen and we predict that they will give fans yet another reason to celebrate this weekend. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be left winger Nikola Storm, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line.
Highlighted Team (Antwerp):
Founded back in 1880, Antwerp is one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Great Old welcome their rivals at Bosuilstadion, the venue with the capacity of 16,144 people. Antwerp are well known for their red home kits, with the team wearing white shirts and white jerseys when playing on the travels.
Over the years Antwerp have been trying to close the gap between Belgian giants Anderlecht and Club Brugge, but they have yet to win the title in the recent history. The Great Old clinched their first domestic trophy back in 1929, with the team repeating the success two years later. The third and the fourth titles came in 1944 and 1957 respectively.
Beerschot A.C. are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Club Brugge as well. The club chiefs had a long-term partnership with famous English club Manchester United in the past, with Antwerp taking young footballers on loan to Old Trafford.