Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Club Brugge will be looking to cement top position in the standings when they take on Antwerp in the Jupiler League round 31. The league leaders dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Charleroi, but they did well to crush Gent 4-0 in their last league match. Club Brugge aim to get their job done in the national championship as soon as possible, and we are positive that they will adopt yet another attack-minded approach against Antwerp.
A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be experienced striker Bas Dost, who scored a brace in the triumph over Gent. Antwerp, on the other hand, are on a four-game winless run on the road in all competitions, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. It has to be noted that important Antwerp defender Abdoulaye Seck is sidelined through suspension.
Highlighted Player (Simon Mignolet):
Simon Luc Hildebert Mignolet is a Belgium goalkeeper born on 6 March 1988 in Sint-Truiden. He began his career in a club from his hometown, making 100 league appearances for Sint-Truidense before moving to Sunderland in 2010.
Mignolet would go on to spent next four years at the Stadium of Light, making 90 Premier League appearances. As one of world’s most talented goalkeepers, the Belgium international signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2013, and he has since been the club’s first choice goalkeeper. Performing admirably most of the time, but also committing cheap mistakes at times, Mignolet has yet to win over the Liverpool fans, but remains highly regarded in his native country.
The talented shot-stopper has been a member of the Belgium national team since 2011, earning over 20 caps for the Red Devils, but he has been playing second fiddle to Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois over the last few years.
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.