Our prediction for this Belgian Cup match:
A spot in the Belgian Cup semis will be at stake when Leuven and Antwerp face each other at Den Dreef on Wednesday evening. Leuven kicked off 2024 with a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht and they are seen as underdogs in the midweek clash. Forward Suphanat Mueanta is representing Thailand at the 2024 Asian Cup, while all Calut, Kiyine, Misao, Taildeman, and Vlietinck have been struggling with injuries of late.
Antwerp, meanwhile, produced a brilliant display in a 4-1 win over Charleroi. As Mark van Bommel’s troops have big ambitions for the Belgian Cup as well, we are tempted to put our money on the visiting team. Even though Nigeria midfielder Alhassan Yusuf is on international duty, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. Both Bjorn Engels and Anthony Valencia are injured for the visiting side, while fit-again midfielder Jacob Ondrejka is pushing for a start.
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.