Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
All eyes will be on Luminus Arena when Genk and Antwerp face each other in the Jupiler League derby on Sunday afternoon. Genk failed to make a flying start to the season, but they are on a six-game winning run in the Belgian elite division. De Smurfen have been scoring goals for fun of late, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Antwerp. Ivan Leko’s troops, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-2 win over Leuven, but beating Genk on the road is easier said than done.
John van den Brom’s troops are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Antwerp, and we predict that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration this weekend. Nigeria attacker Paul Onuachu, who scored a brace in the 5-1 win over Cercle Brugge, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
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.