Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Anderlecht will be looking to make amends for a 3-0 loss to Club Brugge when take on Leuven on Matchday 9. The Purple & White are on a quest to bring glory days back to Lotto Park, but the team’s display in the Eredivisie derby is not giving fans as a reason for optimism. Anderlecht aim to rejoin the race for the title, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Leuven on Sunday evening.
Keep in mind, though, that talented midfielder Albert Mboyo Lokong is out of contention through suspension. Leuven, on the other hand, have been producing fine performances in the first half of the season, and, as a result, they sit in 6th position in the standings, one point clear of their Sunday’s rivals. Given Anderlecht’s shaky defence, we believe that punters can find value in betting on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Samir Nasri):
Samir Nasri is a French footballer who plays for Manchester City. The former Arsenal man used to play for Marseille in the past and he began his youth career at Pennes Mirabeau in 1995. Nasri is an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well.
The France international was born on 26 June, 1987 in Septemes-les-Vallons, the suburbs of Marseille. He is 175 cm tall and it has to be noted that his parents are Algerian. Samir Nasri has won two Premier League trophies with Manchester City, but he was not as successful during his spell with Arsenal.
It is well known that Arsenal fans were angry with Nasri when he signed a four-year contract with Manchester City in 2011. The transfer fee was in the region of £25 million. The French footballer has 41 caps for the national team, but he retired from international football on 9 August, 2014.
Highlighted Team (Anderlecht):
Founded on 27 May, 1908, Anderlecht are considered one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Paars-wit are the dominant force in the Belgian Pro League and in 2014 they won their 33rd domestic trophy. Anderlecht did remarkably well to win the UEFA Super Cup title in 1983, with the team defeating Benfica in the final of the competition.
The Belgian outfit recorded a 1-0 over the Eagles in the first leg, with the two teams playing out a 1-1 draw in the return leg. Anderlecht play their home games at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, the venue that was opened in 1917. The stadium was renovated in 1983 and current capacity of Anderlecht’s home ground is 28 063.
The Paars-wit have long-standing rivalries with the likes of Standard Liege and Club Brugge, whilst FC Brussels were considered the club’s bitter opponents in the past. The likes of Besnik Hasi, Lucas Biglia, Filip De Wilde and Romelu Lukaku are some of Anderlecht’s notable players.