Sporting Charleroi vs Antwerp
Belgium First Division A
Date: Sunday, 29 July 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi.
Sporting Charleroi open the new First Division A campaign on Sunday when they host Antwerp. The head coach Felice Mazzu has headaches caused by the lack of meticulousness in his team’s defensive line in pre-season friendlies and he’ll certainly want to see improvements on this field in the first official fixture of the new season.
The Zebras conceded two goals in each of last three tests in the pre-season. Antwerp will be a somewhat easier opposition compared to the one Charleroi faced in off-season checks, though. Mazzu’s men finished the previous campaign at the sixth place (the last) in the Championship Round. The main goal for the new season is at least matching the top-six finish in the regular part, and why not say the contention for Europa League spots.
Sporting Charleroi vs Antwerp: Head-to-head
Antwerp have a positive record in head to head games with the Zebras as they lead the tie by a single win coming into teams’ 19th meeting.
Charleroi took four points in two past term games, winning the away fixture 1-3 in November last year.
It’s been five years since the two likes last took on each other (before matches from the previous term) and back then they were battling it out in the First Division B football.
Sporting Charleroi vs Antwerp: Prediction
Antwerp could pose a threat in the final third here, following their strong set of performances in the pre-season. They picked up a 2-1 comeback victory over Greek giants Panathinaikos in the final check before the start of the season last weekend.
Knowing about Charleroi’s defensive woes, we would not be surprised to see the visitors on target, meaning the best betting option you can have here would be BTTS at quite attractive 1.95 odds. The pick gets on value even more as both of past term’s H2H encounter saw goals at both ends.
The value-seekers will fancy the 4.75 odds offered for Charleroi to win & BTTS as the hosts still head into the game as favourites to grab the spoils on the opening day.
Sporting Charleroi vs Antwerp: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.95
Sporting Charleroi to win & BTTS @ 4.75.