Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Leuven will be aiming to bounce back from a massive 5-1 loss to Royale Union SG when they take on Antwerp in the Jupiler League round 4. Leuven are still eyeing their first win of the season, but given their difficulties at the back, home win should not be considered. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team ahead of the visit of Antwerp. The visitors, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Anderlecht, with the team rolling over Kortrijk 6-0 in front of home fans.
Given Leuven’s slow start to the season, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the promotion hopefuls. A man to keep an eye on in the visiting team will be Vincent Jansen, who scored a hat-trick in the last league match. Mark van Bommel is unlikely to make changes to the team that outplayed Kortrijk at the weekend.
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.