Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
All eyes will be on Lotto Park when Anderlecht and Antwerp face each other in the Jupiler League derby on Sunday. The capital club did well to put an end to their three-game winless run, with the team moving closer to the Conference League berth. Since Fabio Silva is no longer part of the team, Benito Raman is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. Meanwhile, the visitors aim to build on back-to-back wins over Oostende (3-0) and Standard Liege (4-1).
The visitors have been scoring goals for fun of late, and seeing that they are eager to keep their title hopes alive, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Vincent Janssen is banned for the match, while all Davino Verhulst, Faris Haroun, and Bjorn Engels remain in the recovery room. In their last meeting in Brussels Anderlecht defeated Antwerp 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Jan Vertonghen):
After spending four years at Ajax, in 2006 Jan Vertonghen signed a loan deal with RKC Waalwijk. The left-footed defender spent one season at Mandemakers Stadion and he returned to Ajax for the 2007/2008 season. The highly rated footballer, who is capable of playing as both centre back and left back, signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Premier League outfit ever since.
The Belgian defender scored four goals for the Spurs in the 2012/2013 Premier League season and he made 34 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit back then. In the 2015/2016 season Jan Vertonghen and his teammates were producing brilliant displays with Tottenham, but the Spurs eventually finished the campaign in third place in the standings.
Speaking of his international career, Vertonghen made it to both World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016) quarter-finals with the Belgian national team. Jan was born on 24 April, 1987 and his shirt number is 5.
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.