Our prediction for this Belgian Cup match:
A place in the Belgian Cup semis will be at stake when Club Brugge and Leuven face each other at Jan Breydel Stadion on Thursday evening. The Jupiler League champions are in a two-horse title race with Royale Union SG in the national championship, but they have big ambitions for the domestic cup as well. Both Ricca and Mbamba are pushing for a start, while talented attacker Ruben Providence continues to miss out with injury. Leuven, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Standard Liege. Marc Brys’ troops, though, are not regarded as good travelers, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Club Brugge’s party at Jan Breydel Stadion. In their last meeting in the Belgian top flight Club Brugge outclassed Leuven 4-1, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Simon Mignolet):
Simon Luc Hildebert Mignolet is a Belgium goalkeeper born on 6 March 1988 in Sint-Truiden. He began his career in a club from his hometown, making 100 league appearances for Sint-Truidense before moving to Sunderland in 2010.
Mignolet would go on to spent next four years at the Stadium of Light, making 90 Premier League appearances. As one of world’s most talented goalkeepers, the Belgium international signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2013, and he has since been the club’s first choice goalkeeper. Performing admirably most of the time, but also committing cheap mistakes at times, Mignolet has yet to win over the Liverpool fans, but remains highly regarded in his native country.
The talented shot-stopper has been a member of the Belgium national team since 2011, earning over 20 caps for the Red Devils, but he has been playing second fiddle to Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois over the last few years.