Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Anderlecht and RWDM face each other at Lotto Park in what will be their first meeting in the Jupiler League. Anderlecht are eyeing their third consecutive win at home, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Sweden defender Ludwig Augustinsson has overcome his injury, while midfielder Majeed Ashimeru faces race against clock to bet fit for Sunday’s encounter. Kasper Dolberg is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
The newcomers, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over Eupen, but seeing that Anderlecht have turned their Lotto Park into a real fortress, home win should be considered. Kylian Hazard remains on the sidelines with an ACL injury, while both Alexis de Sart and Florian Le Joncour are major doubts and the duo will be assessed ahead of the kick-off. In their last home game in the Belgian top flight Brian Reimer’s troops outclassed Leuven 5-1.
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 (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.