Our prediction for this match:
Club Brugge and Utrecht face each other in a highly-anticipated friendly at Jan Breydelstadion. Club Brugge quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Kortrijk, with the team beating both Zulte-Waregem and AEK Athens in the previous two warm-up games. The Jupiler League outfit aim to extend their winning run in preseason, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s friendly.
Utrecht, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Gent, and it is no surprise the bookies see them as underdogs in the Jan Breydelstadion clash. Since Club Brugge are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Talented Brugge attacker Daniel Perez, who has been scoring goals for fun in pre-season friendlies, is pushing for a start.
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 (Utrecht):
Established on July 1, 1970, Utrecht is a Dutch club that competes in the Eredivisie. The club was founded as a merger of VV DOS, USV Elinkwijk, and Velox, and it has to be noted that VV DOS did well to win the Eredivisie trophy back in 1958.
Utrecht, on the other hand, have yet to win the national championship, but they have lifted three KNVB Cup trophies (1984/85, 2002/03, 2003/04). Leo van Veen is leading the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 153 goals. Speaking of the club’s colours, they were white and red shirts when playing at home, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
Due to the hooligan clashes, Utrecht have a rivalry with Dutch giants Ajax. The games between the two clubs have always been very tense on the field. Utrecht welcome their rivals at Stadion Galgenwaard, the venue which can hold up to 23,750 people. The stadium was opened back in May 1936.