Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
After suffering a 1-0 loss to Waregem in midweek, Antwerp will be looking to return to winning ways in the Jupiler League when they take on Waasland-Beveren at Freethiel Stadion on Matchday 17. Ivan Leko’s men aim to put an end to their three-game losing run in the national championship, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the Bosuilstadion outfit. The likes of Coopman, Rodrigues, and Verstraete remain in the recovery room, while Boya, Pius, and Nsimba are all rated doubtful for Sunday’s clash.
Following three consecutive wins in the Jupiler League, Waasland-Beveren suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Gent in their last league match. Nicky Hayen’s troops have been impressive at home ground of late, and given Antwerp’s attacking potential, both teams to score betting option should be considered. De Mey, Efford, Sula, and Van De Wiel are all out of contention through injuries for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Jordan Lukaku):
Jordan Lukaku is well known for his older brother Romelu Lukaku, who plays for Everton as a striker. Jordan began his senior career at Anderlecht, but he made no more than eight league appearances for the club. The left-footed full-back played for fellow Belgian outfit Oostende from 2013 to 2016 and at the end of the 2015/2016 season he moved to Italy.
Jordan Lukaku signed a deal with Italian club Lazio for a fee of £5 million (plus £1 million in bonuses). His main position is left-back, but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well. Speaking of his international career, Jordan Lukaku made his Belgium debut against Andorra on 10 October, 2015.
However, he has yet to find the net for the Belgian national team. Jordan was born in Antwerp on 25 July, 1994. His father Roger Lukaku was a professional footballer as well and played for the Zaire national team.
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.