Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Antwerp will be aiming to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over RWDM when they take on Mechelen in the Jupiler League round 26. Antwerp are eyeing their fourth consecutive league win and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Alhassan Yusuf is back from suspension, while important winger Ange Balikwisha is rated doubtful for the match.
Mechelen, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Genk. Besnik Hasi’s troops are undefeated in the previous five league fixtures, but Antwerp will pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than their previous rivals. In their last meeting in the Jupiler League at Bosuilstadion Antwerp rolled over Mechelen 5-0 and, taking everything into account, we predict that the visiting side are going to return home empty-handed. As for the away side, Zimbabwe international Bill Antonio has joined Norman Bassette and Toon Raemaekers in the recovery room.
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.