Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Antwerp will be aiming to make amends for a heart-breaking 2-0 loss to Club Brugge when they take on Waregem in a midweek fixture. Playing on three fronts seems to be Antwerp’s main problem at the moment, with the team sitting in the 7th position in the standings ahead of Matchday 18. The hosts are eager to return to winning ways in the Jupiler League, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Waregem.
Jeremy Gelin is banned for the midweek match, while fellow defender Ritchie De Laet returns from suspension. The visitors, on the other hand, did well to hold Anderlecht to a 2-2 draw win their last league match. Waregem have been impressive in front of goal of late, and given Antwerp’s shaky defence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Teenage midfielder Jannes Van Hecke remains on the sidelines through injury for the visiting team.
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 (Waregem):
Over the years Zulte Waregem have established themselves as a top-table side in Belgian Super League. The Essevee are a product of a partnership between Zulte and Waregem and it has to be noted that Zulte Sportief were founded back in 1950.
Zulte Waregem impressed in the 2012/2013 Belgian Super League campaign, with the team finishing the process in second place in the standings, only four points behind champions Anderlecht. As a result, the Essevee booked their place in the Europa League group stages, but despite recording victories over the likes of Maribor and Wigan Athletic in Group D the Belgian side eventually failed to advance to the knockout stages of the European competition.
Zulte Waregem, who welcome their rivals at Regenboogstadion, will play in the group stages of the Europa League in the 2017/2018 season. Zulte Waregem, who won the Belgian Cup in the 2016/2017 season, will face the likes of Nice, Lazio and Vitesse in Group K.