Cercle Brugge vs Charleroi
Belgian First Division A
Date: Friday, 5 October 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Jan Breydelstadion (Brugge).
Cercle Brugge marked the return to the top flight of the Belgian football in a stunning fashion going unbeaten in four opening games (two wins and draws apiece) at the start of the season. However, they seem to have started to feel the strength of a higher division football as the team just can’t see to catch a break of late.
Groen en Zwart took only a single point from last five games and they’ll come into the Charleroi tie low on confidence after a demolishing 4-0 defeat to Club Brugge last weekend. Laurent Guyot’s side allowed as many as nine goals in last two defeats and they might struggle to keep things tight at the back in the first game of the tenth Matchday as well.
Cercle Brugge vs Charleroi: Head-to-head
It’s Cercle Brugge who lead the head to head tie by five wins coming onto the 33rd encounter with Charleroi.
We have to mention it’s been three years since these two likes last battled it out, back at the time when Groen en Zwart last featured the elite class.
The two teams met each other this summer in a pre-season friendly which saw a 0-2 victory for the Zebras.
Cercle Brugge vs Charleroi: Prediction
The visitors come into the match in much higher spirits following a fine streak of results they’ve had of late. They won two on the spin across competitions and head into this unbeaten in five. The head coach Felice Mazzu can particularly be satisfied with the rock-solid defensive line of Charleroi’s as the visitors shipped only one goal in last four matches in all competitions.
The visitors will however be without their main striker Jeremy Perbet who is suspended after the red card in the away match against Waasland-Beveren. Since Mazzu’s men managed to see off Lokeren without Perbet in the starting line-up, we believe they will be able to keep the good form going against the struggling opposition here.
Cercle Brugge vs Charleroi: Bet Tips
Charleroi to win @ 2.20 (6/5)
Charleroi Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.20 (6/5).