Mechelen failed to meet the expectations in their last home match against underdogs from St. Truiden when they come with an unexpected defeat with a minimal result.
They conceded the only one in this clash after a mistake by Bijker, as he scored his own goal in the 34th minute, and even though the hosts did have control over the ball for most of the time during this clash, they simply lacked more creativity for a better result.
Mechelen is currently at the 4th spot in the rankings, having four points less compared to their opponents in the upcoming clash.
Defender Peyre (3/0) is out, the same as goalkeeper Thoelen who didn’t play yet. Forward Engvall (5/0) is doubtful, as well as midfielder Van Damme (3/0).
Club Brugge is approaching this match after a minor setback last time out at home against Standard when they took only a point in a 2:2 draw, despite being a much-favored side.
They started the match perfectly and took a double lead after thirty-five minutes of play, but surprisingly, lost the momentum and allowed the hosts to completely return, conceding two in the 34th and later on in the 52nd from the penalty.
Club Brugge holds the 3rd spot in the Jupiler Pro League rankings, being four points in deficit compared to the leaders from Royale Union.
The guests miss defender Nsoki (9/0), plus offensive Providence (no appearance so far), and midfielder Persyn (2/1) this time.
Head to Head matches
17.12.20 KV Mechelen vs Club Brugge KV 0 : 3
31.10.20 Club Brugge KV vs KV Mechelen 2 : 2
15.12.19 Club Brugge KV vs KV Mechelen 3 : 0
Goals are looking realistic
Both sides are performing with an enviable effectivity this season, but are also showing clear vulnerabilities in the back as well. Certainly, they will be chasing a three-pointer, but with no clear choice here, at least in my opinion, opting for a high number of goals should be the safest and most realistic bet.