Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
After shocking league leaders Genk on the road, Antwerp will look to keep their Jupiler League title hopes alive when they face Eupen on Saturday. Forward Calvin Stengs has yet to serve his ban, while both Arbnor Muja and Davino Verhulst are out of contention with injuries. Fellow midfielder Yusuf Abdullahi faces race against the clock to be fit for the match.
The Pandas, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Mechelen. Eupen, though, produce much better showings at home than on the travels, and seeing that Antwerp aim to stay in the title race, home win should be considered. Jerome Deom limped off with injury in the last league match, with Brandon Baiye likely to step up. Midfielder Jan Gorenc is likely to miss the game through injury, while both AMadou Keita and Sibiry Keita are major doubts.
Highlighted Team (Antwerp):
Founded back in 1880, Antwerp is one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Great Old welcome their rivals at Bosuilstadion, the venue with the capacity of 16,144 people. Antwerp are well known for their red home kits, with the team wearing white shirts and white jerseys when playing on the travels.
Over the years Antwerp have been trying to close the gap between Belgian giants Anderlecht and Club Brugge, but they have yet to win the title in the recent history. The Great Old clinched their first domestic trophy back in 1929, with the team repeating the success two years later. The third and the fourth titles came in 1944 and 1957 respectively.
Beerschot A.C. are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Club Brugge as well. The club chiefs had a long-term partnership with famous English club Manchester United in the past, with Antwerp taking young footballers on loan to Old Trafford.