Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Club Brugge will look to defend their Jupiler League trophy when they take on Antwerp at Bosuilstadion on Sunday afternoon. The title holders proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Royale Union SG, with the team regaining top position in the standings. Brugge are high on spirits ahead of the penultimate game of the season, and they should take advantage of Antwerp’s shaky defence. Even though both Clinton Mata and Mats Rits remain in the recovery room, away win should be considered.
The Reds, on the other hand, have been struggling in the Championship group, with the team collecting only one point in total from the previous four league fixtures. Since Antwerp experienced all sorts of problems at the back in back-to-back losses to Anderlecht (0-4; 1-2), we believe that there is a big value in betting on the league leaders. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Radja Nainggolan):
Born on 4 May 1988, Radja Nainggolan is a Belgian footballer who plays for AS Roma as a central midfielder. The combative midfielder failed to leave a mark on domestic stage, having left his first club Germinal Beerschot for Piacenza as a 17-year-old. Nainggolan soon started to prove his worth at senior level, earning a move to Cagliari in 2010.
He continued with impressive performances in Italian Serie A and eventually snubbed a number of top European sides to join AS Roma in 2014.The central midfielder enjoyed a very good start to his career at Stadio Olimpico, while also establishing himself as a first team regular in the Belgian national team, helping the Red Devils climb to first place in FIFA Rankings and also qualify for the Euro 2016 finals.
A highly skilled midfielder who does not shirk from defensive duties, Nainggolan is also famous for his fiery temperament that has seen him earn 2 red cards and over 70 yellow cards during the course of his career.
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.