Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
All eyes will be on Bosuilstadion when Antwerp and Club Brugge go head to head in the Jupiler League derby. Antwerp aim to make amends for a 4-2 loss to Genk, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Dieumerci Mbokani, who has netted six goals so far this season, is not getting any older, and we are positive that he will pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. Club Brugge, on the other hand, are eager to regain top position in the standings.
Genk seems to be Club Brugge’s serious threat in the title race, and, no doubt, the reigning champions need to find their best form as soon as possible if they are to defend the trophy. Anyhow, given the attacking potential of the two sides, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered. Defender Matej Mitrovic should be the only absentee in the away team, while Ampomah and Coopman are likely to miss the game with injury for the hosts.
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.