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The First Division A game at Jan Breydelstadion on Saturday sees home team Cercle Brugge do battle with Eupen.
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Cercle Brugge enter this game following on from a 0-0 First Division A drawn game against Club Brugge.
In that match, Cercle Brugge managed 35% possession and 20 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. On the other side, Club Brugge got 14 attempts on goal with 7 on target.
Miron Muslic's Cercle Brugge have hit the back of the net 9 times over their prior 6 outings. The number of goals that have been scored against them in those games is 7.
Going into this one, Cercle Brugge have not lost a league tie with Eupen in their previous 3 games.
Since a losing effort in their last game against RWD Molenbeek in First Division A competition, Eupen and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Eupen had 50% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Eupen was Isaac Nuhu (30'). For their opponents, RWD Molenbeek had 20 shots at goal with 10 of them on target. Xavier Mercier (35'), Shuto Abe (66') and Romildo (87') scored for RWD Molenbeek.
Demonstrating their penchant for fruitful encounters, goals have been celebrated 20 times in the previous six matches in which Eupen have taken to the field, giving a mean average of 3.33 goals per fixture. Their opponents have got 14 of this grand total. That trend isn’t assured to be sustained into this match, however.
Ahead of this clash, Eupen haven’t won away from home in the past 5 matches in the league.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head to head meetings dating back to 03/10/2020 shows that Cercle Brugge have won 3 of these & Eupen 2, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
A sum of 21 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 13 for Groen en Zwart and 8 coming from Pandas. That is an average goals per game value of 3.5.
The previous league fixture featuring these sides was First Division A match day 27 on 25/02/2023 and the score finished Eupen 2-2 Cercle Brugge.
On that day, Eupen managed 45% possession and 5 shots on goal with 3 on target. The goalscorers were Stef Peeters (10') and Konan N’Dri (28').
Cercle Brugge had 14 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Abu Francis (13') and Ayase Ueda (39') scored.
The match was refereed by Bram Van Driessche.
Team News: Cercle Brugge
Christiaan Ravych (Hamstring injury), Hannes Van Der Bruggen (Torn muscle bundle), Abu Francis (Meniscus tear) and Leonardo Lopes (Partial muscle tear) will not be able to play for Cercle Brugge manager Miron Muslic.
It looks as if Groen en Zwart look set to employ a 4-2-3-1 formation for this one, utilising Warleson, Hugo Siquet, Jesper Daland, Edgaras Utkus, Flavio Nazinho, Nils De Wilde, H. van der, Thibo Somers, Felix Lemarechal, Gnantin Yann Gboho and Kévin Denkey.
Team News: Eupen
Eupen boss Florian Kohfeldt has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Nathan Bitumazala (Knock), Boris Lambert (Torn thigh muscle), Jason Davidson (Ankle injury), Teddy Alloh (Hamstring muscle injury), Bartosz Bialek (Knee injury), Aleksandr Filin (Knock) and Abdul Nurudeen (Foot injury) are not able to play.
We’re of the thinking that Pandas appear most likely to begin the game with a 3-5-2 formation by sending out Gabriel Slonina, Rune Paeshuyse, Victor Palsson, Jan Kral, Gary Magnée, Milos Pantovic, Kevin Möhwald, Amadou Keita, Yentl Van Genechten, I. Christie-Davies and Isaac Nuhu.
We envisage that Eupen have the ability to find the net against this Cercle Brugge lineup, although that may not quite prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We’re tipping a close game with a 2-1 winning margin for Cercle Brugge at the end of the match. Let’s see what eventuates.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Jan Breydelstadion (29,062)
Captain: Thibo Somers
Chairman: Thomas Tousseyn
Manager: Miron Muslic
Competitions: First Division A position 6
🔑 Key Man: Leo Lopes
Mostly played in the Centre Midfield position, Leo Lopes was born in Lisbon, Portugal. After having played his first senior match for Peterborough United in the 2014 - 2015 season, the gifted Midfielder has scored 2 league goals in the Pro League 2023 - 2024 season to date in a total of 12 appearances.