Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
After failing to impress in the 2019/20 Jupiler League campaign, Anderlecht will be looking to kick off the new season in great manner when they take on Mechelen at AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne on Sunday evening. The Purple and White are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful season, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach against Mechelen.
A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be former Leeds United attacker Kemar Roofe, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. De Kakkers, on the other hand, have been struggling in pre-season, with the team failing to find the net in the last six warm-up games. Anderlecht are more of a team than Mechelen, and they should take advantage of the fact that the game will be played behind closed doors.
Highlighted Player (Vincent Kompany):
Vincent Kompany is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world of football. The Belgian ace was born on 10 April, 1986 and he is capable of playing as centre back and defensive midfielder. Kompany began his youth career at Anderlecht and in 2006 he arrived to Germany to play for Bundesliga side Hamburger SV.
Two years later he signed for Manchester City for a fee of £6 million. The Man City defender has won two Premier League trophies with the Etihad Stadium outfit (2011/2012, 2013/2014) and he made it to the Champions League semis in the 2015/2016 season with the Citizens.
Vicent Kompany was named the Premier League player of the season in the 2011/2012 campaign and it has to be noted that he was awarded the captaincy of Man City back then. The Belgium international married Carla Higgs in 2011, who gave birth to their two children (daughter and son).
Highlighted Team (Anderlecht):
Founded on 27 May, 1908, Anderlecht are considered one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Paars-wit are the dominant force in the Belgian Pro League and in 2014 they won their 33rd domestic trophy. Anderlecht did remarkably well to win the UEFA Super Cup title in 1983, with the team defeating Benfica in the final of the competition.
The Belgian outfit recorded a 1-0 over the Eagles in the first leg, with the two teams playing out a 1-1 draw in the return leg. Anderlecht play their home games at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, the venue that was opened in 1917. The stadium was renovated in 1983 and current capacity of Anderlecht’s home ground is 28 063.
The Paars-wit have long-standing rivalries with the likes of Standard Liege and Club Brugge, whilst FC Brussels were considered the club’s bitter opponents in the past. The likes of Besnik Hasi, Lucas Biglia, Filip De Wilde and Romelu Lukaku are some of Anderlecht’s notable players.