Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Club Brugge will be looking to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Genk when they take on Antwerp at Bosuilstadion. The reigning champions are determined to defend their trophy, and seeing that Genk are breathing down their neck, Thursday’s clash is of big importance for the visiting team. Uruguay defender Federico Ricca should be the only absentee in Philippe Clement’s team.
Antwerp, on the other hand, head into the match with a severely-weakened squad as all Avenatti, Batubinsika, Boya, and Lakmel Ze have been tested positive for coronavirus. Since both Nsimba and Gelin are likely to miss the match with injuries, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the title holders. In the previous meeting between the two teams at the venue Club Brugge defeated Antwerp 2-0, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Lior Refaelov):
Lior Refaelov is an Israeli footballer playing as an attacking midfielder for the Belgium giants with whom he has been a mainstay since his arrival in 2011. Rafaelov began his career at Maccabi Haifa where he played 161 league appearances and scored 30 goals before moving to Belgium.
The experienced 30-year-old Israel international has made his senior debut for his country in 2007 and has since earned over 30 caps for Israel. Lior Rafaelov is a player of vast international experience despite the fact Club Brugge are his first and so far only club in Europe.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder is a major force upfront who has scored six times during Brugge’s Europa League campaign in 2014-15, while he also scored the winner in the Belgian Cup final to earn his club a first trophy in eight years. Last season Rafaleov repeated the feat, having scored in the 2016 Belgian Cup Final, but it wasn’t enough for Club Brugge to avoid getting defeated 2-1 to Standard Liege.
Highlighted Team (Club Brugge):
Founded in 1891, Belgium giants Club Brugge are one of the most decorated football clubs in the country. Also known as Blauw-Zwart due to their Blue and Black colours, Club Brugge have been crown champions of Belgium on 14 occasions which is second to Anderlecht.
Through their long-lasting history Club Brugge have enjoyed fair amount of European success.to this day in football history Club Brugge holds the European record number of consecutive participation in the UEFA Europa league – 20. The Blauw-Zwart have reached two European finals and two semi-finals so far. What is more, Club Brugge are the only Belgian side ever to play in the final of the European Cup so far, losing to Liverpool in the 1978 season.
Two years prior, Club Brugge lost the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to the same rivals. Club Brugge play their home games at the Jan Breydel Stadium, which is also home to city rivals Cercle Brugge. The two sides form a formidable rivalry contested in the Bruges Derby.