Our prediction for this Belgian Cup match:
Belgian Cup trophy will be at stake when Mechelen and Antwerp square off against each other at King Baudouin Stadium on Sunday. Mechelen aim to build on a 3-2 win over Anderlecht, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the title game. Experienced midfielder Birger Verstaete is back from suspension, while a man to watch in the home team will be Rob Schoofs, who impressed in the last league match.
The visitors, on the other hand, are on a four-game winning run in the Jupiler League. Sunday’s game comes too early for Koji Miyoshi, who is back in training, while both Anthony Valencia and Davino Verhulst will be assessed ahead of the kick-off. Anyhow, under 2.5 goals betting option should be considered as Antwerp managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last two league games.
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.