Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Sunday’s football game at Den Dreef pits together Leuven and Antwerp, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Leuven failed to win the previous six league fixtures, but a win over Antwerp will see them move closer to the Conference League berth. The good news for the home side is that important defender Federico Ricca is back from suspension, while Mathieu Maertens is rated doubtful for the match.
The Reds, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Genk and Eupen, and seeing that they want to revive their title hopes, away win should be considered. Keep in mind that both Toby Alderweireld and Ritchie De Laet are banned for the match, but Calvin Stengs return from suspension. In the first half of the season Antwerp recorded a 4-2 win over Leuven.
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.