Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Club Brugge will be aiming to melt Royale Union SG’s advantage in the Jupiler League table when they take on Kortrijk at Guldensporen Stadion on Sunday evening. The title holders are not enjoying a season to remember, but they could still defend their trophy. Midfielder Tajon Buchanan is on international duty with Canada, while defender Jack Hendry is back from suspension. Kortrijk, on the other hand, have drawn each of their last three league fixtures.
De Kerels aim to stay in the Conference League berth, but seeing that the visitors want this win more than the hosts, we are tempted to put our money on Alfred Schreuder’s troops. Both Badamosi and Selemani are rated doubtful for the visiting team as they have recently returned from international duty. In the first half of the season Club Brugge recorded a routine 2-0 win over Kortrijk.
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 (Club Brugge):
Founded in 1891, Belgium giants Club Brugge are one of the most decorated football clubs in the country. Also known as Blauw-Zwart due to their Blue and Black colours, Club Brugge have been crown champions of Belgium on 14 occasions which is second to Anderlecht.
Through their long-lasting history Club Brugge have enjoyed fair amount of European success.to this day in football history Club Brugge holds the European record number of consecutive participation in the UEFA Europa league – 20. The Blauw-Zwart have reached two European finals and two semi-finals so far. What is more, Club Brugge are the only Belgian side ever to play in the final of the European Cup so far, losing to Liverpool in the 1978 season.
Two years prior, Club Brugge lost the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to the same rivals. Club Brugge play their home games at the Jan Breydel Stadium, which is also home to city rivals Cercle Brugge. The two sides form a formidable rivalry contested in the Bruges Derby.