Anderlecht vs Club Brugge
Belgium – Cup
Date: Thursday, 19 December 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Lotto Park (Anderlecht).
With the kind of form Club Brugge having been showing in the First Division A, they should make light work of this Anderlecht side, who have recorded six wins from their prior twenty-four games.
Anderlecht vs Club Brugge Head-to-head (h2h)
- Brugge are on a three-game winning run.
- Four of the last five clashes saw Anderlecht score two or more goals.
- The last time these two met at this venue, the hosts lost 2-3.
- Five of the previous six overall match-ups had goals from both teams.
- 18 of the previous 19 wins at this venue went to the hosts.
Anderlecht vs Club Brugge Prediction
Anderlecht played things pretty close to the chest in the previous round of the competition. They were on the road, and had taken on Mouscron. On top of the away handicap, the hosts conceded in the 12th minute itself, to put Anderlecht under pressure.
However, they had the presence of mind to not mindlessly attack. Steadily, they fought minute by minute, and found the equalizer first. Later, they added two more goals, and though towards the end Mouscron scored once again, the guests had the game in their control by then.
Meanwhile, Brugge were almost eliminated in the last round, as they made a mess of things on the road. The team had locked horns with Oostende, and conceded right away in the 3rd minute.
However, they managed to prevent any further goals by the home team, and slotted in the equalizer in the 73rd minute. And finally, in the penalty shootout, the players held their nerve in an away ground, and registered all four of their kicks, while the hosts missed twice.
This Thursday, first of all, take into account the present form of both teams. Club Brugge have been tearing it apart in the First Division A this campaign. They are placed at the top of the table with a lead of eight points over the second-placed Antwerp. Impressively, Brugge have played a match fewer.
In addition, despite having an extra match to play, they have scored the most number of goals, and going on, the team has conceded a total of just seven goals so far from their 18 league fixtures. Keep note that except for Charleroi, who have let in 16 goals, every other team in the competition have conceded 20 or more goals.
On the other hand, Anderlecht are placed tenth in the table, and they could so far manage just half of the points that Brugge have posted on the board. Also, Anderlecht have won just five times from their nineteen attempts in the league.
Moreover, Brugge have lost just once on the road this whole league campaign, and it had come against the second-placed Antwerp. Also, they have won all of their remaining battles on the road, while Anderlecht were winless in eight of their total ten home games in the First Division A in 2019-20.
Considering these observations, rightfully count on Club Brugge to post the win this Thursday, and take their place in the semis.
However, do note that Anderlecht have the home advantage, and that they will be desperate too. Desperate because their league campaign is in tatters, and this remains their mini-opportunity for silverware this season.
They will try their best to trump this Brugge side, and certainly the rich h2h history Anderlecht have at this venue, will come to their aid. To quote a stat, in the last 20 years, Brugge have won just once at this venue.
Finally, five of the previous six overall h2h meetings have had goals from both teams, and Brugge had failed to keep a clean sheet in 29 of their last 32 visits to this stadium.
Taking into account all these findings, BTTS emerges as a hot favorite this Thursday in the Belgian Cup.
Anderlecht vs Club Brugge Betting Tips
Club Brugge to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.75 (3/4).