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The First Division A fixture at Jan Breydelstadion on Friday sees home side Cercle Brugge welcome opponents Eupen.
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Cercle Brugge will be looking for a repeat result of a 2-4 First Division A victory vs SV Zulte Waregem.
In that game, Cercle Brugge had 43% possession and 17 shots on goal with 8 on target. For Cercle Brugge, goals were scored by Álex Millán (65', 72'), Vitinho (89') and Dino Hotić (93'). On the other side, SV Zulte Waregem had 4 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Zinho Gano (35', 49') was the scorer for SV Zulte Waregem.
Cercle Brugge have been conceding pretty frequently recently, although they’ve also managed to hit the back of the net themselves. Looking at their last 6 games, Cercle Brugge have conceded in 6 of them while also managing to get on the scoresheet in 5 of those matches.
Heading into this contest, Cercle Brugge have not won at home in their last 3 league matches.
After suffering a loss in their previous game against Antwerp in First Division A action, Eupen and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Eupen had 54% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 2 on target. Antwerp got 14 shots at goal with 6 on target. Michael Frey (55') was the scorer for Antwerp.
Eupen have been a threat going forward leading up to this encounter, scoring 11 goals in their previous 6 matches. Having said that, Eupen can also improve defensively after being scored against in 6 of those same games. Even so, we must now wait to see whether that pattern will be sustained in this next game.
Their previous form shows that Eupen:
- are undefeated by Cercle Brugge in away games against them for the last 3 league games.
- are unbeaten in their last 4 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head-to-head meetings stretching back to 31/10/2018 shows that Cercle Brugge have won 1 of them and Eupen 5, with the number of drawn games being 0.
An aggregate of 13 goals were scored between them in these games, with 4 from Groen en Zwart and 9 coming from Pandas. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.17.
The last league contest featuring these sides was First Division A match day 30 on 09/01/2021 when the final score was Cercle Brugge 1-2 Eupen.
The match was refereed by Jan Boterberg.
Team News: Cercle Brugge
Regarding absentees, there’s just one fitness concern for the Cercle Brugge boss Yves Vanderhaeghe to be concerned about thanks to an almost full-strength group of players. Miguel Van Damme (Cancer) is out of contention.
Team News: Eupen
Eupen manager Stefan Krämer has to currently contend with reduced team options. Julien Ngoy (Syndesmotic ligament tear), Leonardo Rocha (Mensical Laceration) and Gary Magnée (Torn Knee Ligament) won’t be making appearances.
In our view, Eupen and Cercle Brugge could well end up finding themselves level here, with both teams capable of netting.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes, with a good chance of a draw. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a close game with a 1-1 score draw at full-time.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Jan Breydelstadion (29,062)
Captain: Charles Vanhoutte
Chairman: Vincent Goemaere
Manager: Yves Vanderhaeghe
Competitions: First Division A position 11
🔑 Star Player: Olivier Deman
Usually taking to the field in the Right Wing position, Olivier Deman was born in Belgium. Having made a first senior appearance for Cercle Brugge in the 2018 - 2019 season, the skilful Forward has accumulated 2 league goals in the First Division A 2021 - 2022 season so far coming from a total of 7 appearances.