Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Charleroi and Antwerp face each other at Stade du Pays de Charleroi in the opening match of day 2 of the new Jupiler League campaign. The Black and Whites aim to extend their unbeaten run to four games, but Friday’s game will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Summer signing Adem Zorgane, who opened his goal-scoring account in the 1-1 draw with Leuven, is likely to keep his place in the starting XI. Both Keita and Willems, on the other hand, are likely to miss the game with injuries. Marco Ilaimaharitra is rated doubtful after he was tested positive for coronavirus.
Antwerp desperately needed a win against Standard Liege, and they managed to get one in style. The Great Old crushed the Red Devils 5-2 in Liege, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. New signing Michael Frey scored five goals at the weekend, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Anyhow, yet another lively contest is on the cards at Stade du Pays de Charleroi.
Highlighted Player (Jordan Lukaku):
Jordan Lukaku is well known for his older brother Romelu Lukaku, who plays for Everton as a striker. Jordan began his senior career at Anderlecht, but he made no more than eight league appearances for the club. The left-footed full-back played for fellow Belgian outfit Oostende from 2013 to 2016 and at the end of the 2015/2016 season he moved to Italy.
Jordan Lukaku signed a deal with Italian club Lazio for a fee of £5 million (plus £1 million in bonuses). His main position is left-back, but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well. Speaking of his international career, Jordan Lukaku made his Belgium debut against Andorra on 10 October, 2015.
However, he has yet to find the net for the Belgian national team. Jordan was born in Antwerp on 25 July, 1994. His father Roger Lukaku was a professional footballer as well and played for the Zaire national team.
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.