Anderlecht vs Club Brugge
Belgian First Division A
Date: Thursday, 4 April 2019
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Stade Constant Vanden Stock (Bruxelles).
Anderlecht halted their push for the top-two finish and a place in the Champions League next season significantly with a tough 3-0 defeat to leaders Genk on Saturday afternoon.
Purple & White were completely outplayed by obviously stronger opposition and they are now five points shy of second-placed Club Brugge in the league ladder.
Thursday’s match against defending champions will thus be one of last trains to catch for Fred Rutten’s men.
A win here would completely get them back in contention for the second-place finish, but a potential defeat would mean farewell to Champions League football.
Do Anderlecht have character to rise after such a painful loss?
Anderlecht vs Club Brugge: Head-to-head
The hosts will rely heavily on the head to head tradition which greatly speaks in their favour, especially when it comes to matches played in Bruxelles.
Anderlecht won 19, drew 12 and lost just 4 of 35 home encounters with Blauw-Zwart.
Each of past three head to head affairs saw goals scored at both ends.
Teams shared spoils in a 2-2 draw when they last locked horns in late-February this year at Stade Constant Vanden Stock.
Anderlecht vs Club Brugge: Prediction
The visitors go into this in much higher spirits. They demolished Gent 3-0 at home on Sunday to stay four points behind Genk at the top of the standings. Ivan Leko’s men won three of last four matches on the league.
However, Club Brugge are prone to conceding goals on travels. They shipped at least two goals in three of last four away fixtures in all competitions. The streak includes a demolishing 4-0 defeat to Salzburg in Europa League as well as a 2-2 draw to Anderlecht in First Division A.
Backing goals at both ends has to be the way to go, while the draw looks to be the most probable of three outcome bets.
Anderlecht vs Club Brugge: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.66 (4/6)
Draw @ 3.50 (5/2).