Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Luminus Arena will host Thursday’s football game between Genk and Antwerp, the two teams with different ambitions in the season finale. Genk are eyeing a place in the Champions League, while Antwerp’s main goal is to represent Belgium in the Europa League qualifiers next term. The Blauw-Wit aim to build on a 2-1 win over Anderlecht, and they are seen as favourites to win the midweek clash. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Nigeria international Paul Onuachu, who found the net in each of the previous four league fixtures.
Antwerp, on the other hand, failed to spoil Club Brugge’s party at Jan Breydel Stadion. Franky Vercauteren’s troops have been struggling at the back away from home of late, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Keep in mind, though, that midfielder Birger Verstraete is back from suspension for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Patrik Hrosovsky):
Born in Prievidza, Czechoslovakia, Patrik Hrosovsky is a midfielder who plays for Viktoria Plzen. Patrik Hrosovsky started his youth career at his hometown club Prievidza and he played for the youth team of Trencin as well before joining Viktoria Plzen.
The Slovakian footballer has been playing for the Viktorka ever since, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Sokolov, Usti nad Labem and Znojmo on loan as well. Patrik Hrosovsky made his Slovakia debut on November 19, 2014 in a friendly game against Finland.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder as well. Hrosovsky has yet to find the net with the Slovakia national football team, but he found the net for the U21 team in a 7-1 win over Luxembourg at the 2015 European Championship. He has a contract with Viktoria Plzen which expires on June 30, 2019.
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.