Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
All eyes will be on Bosuilstadion when Antwerp and Club Brugge face each other in the Jupiler League derby. Antwerp have slim title chances, but they are on the right track to secure a top-four finish. Midfielder Calvin Stengs misses Sunday’s clash through suspension, while Davino Verhulst has yet to overcome a knee injury. Yusuf Abdullahi is a major doubt, and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
The reigning champions, on the other hand, have been underperforming in the 2022/2023 season, with the team sitting in 4th place in the standings ahead of Matchday 24. Eder Balanta has signed a loan deal with Schalke, while Ferran Jutgla limped off with injury in a 2-1 win over Waregem. Roman Yaremchuk is likely to replace Jutgla in the starting XI. Anyhow, the share of spoils is on the cards as the two teams seem to be evenly matched.
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.