Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Club Brugge will look to rejoin the title race when they take on Leuven in their first league game after the World Cup break. Club Brugge are 13 points behind league leaders Genk, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for the reigning champions. Head coach Carl Hoefkens should have a full squad to choose from for Monday’s showdown.
The visitors, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 5-0 win over Seraing. Leuven, though, are on a three-game winless run in the Belgian top flight, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Both Nordin Jackers and Siebe Schrijvers are major doubts, and the duo will be assessed ahead of the kick-off. In their last meeting in the Jupiler League Club Brugge recorded a routine 3-0 win over Leuven.
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.