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The First Division A match at Diaz Arena on Saturday will see home side Oostende take to the field against Cercle Brugge.
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Oostende enter this fixture following a 1-1 First Division A drawn result versus Sint-Truidense VV.
In that match, Oostende had 52% possession and 9 shots on goal with 1 on target. The only player to score for Oostende was Makhtar Gueye (56'). Sint-Truidense VV had 14 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Taichi Hara (52') was the scorer for Sint-Truidense VV.
It’s been all too rare in recent games that Oostende have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that Oostende have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 games, giving up 10 goals along the way. We shall soon find out if that trend can be continued on into this next match.
Taking a look at their past results, Oostende:
- have not been beaten in the league by Cercle Brugge in their last 8 matches. Quite a long unbeaten run against them.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches at home.
After a loss in their previous game against Union Saint-Gilloise in First Division A competition, Cercle Brugge and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Cercle Brugge had 53% possession and 6 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. At the other end, Union Saint-Gilloise got 10 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Dante Vanzeir (60', 79') and Loïc Lapoussin (84') scored for Union Saint-Gilloise.
The numbers tell their own story, and Cercle Brugge have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 12 goals in all. Defensively, Cercle Brugge seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Coming into this meeting, Cercle Brugge have not won against Oostende when having played them away from home in the previous 5 league games. Not good at all.
Head to head
Inspecting their most recent head to head clashes going back to 15/09/2018 tells us that Oostende have won 2 of them & Cercle Brugge 1, with the number of drawn games being 3.
In all, 17 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 9 of them for De Kustboys and 8 being from Groen en Zwart. The average goals per game has been 2.83.
The last league contest between these clubs was First Division A match day 34 on 18/04/2021 when it ended Oostende 1-1 Cercle Brugge.
That day, Oostende managed 55% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Marko Kvasina (92').
Cercle Brugge got 13 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Ike Ugbo (49') scored.
The referee was Alexandre Boucaut.
Team News: Oostende
Cameron McGeehan (Ankle Injury) and Indy Boonen (Achilles tendon rupture) will be missing for Oostende manager Alexander Blessin.
Team News: Cercle Brugge
Out of a mainly full-strength group, there is only the one fitness worry for the Cercle Brugge gaffer Yves Vanderhaeghe to contend with. Miguel Van Damme (Cancer) won’t be playing here.
We feel that Cercle Brugge could well find it tough to put one past this Oostende team who we think should gain the upper hand.
We’re therefore anticipating a 1-0 victory for Oostende after 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Diaz Arena (8,400)
Chairman: Gauthier Ganaye
Manager: Alexander Blessin
Competitions: First Division A position 10, Belgian Cup (Sixth Round)
⭐ Key Player: Makhtar Gueye
Mostly taking up the Striker position, Makhtar Gueye was born in Senegal. Having made a first senior appearance for St Etienne in the 2018 - 2019 season, the skilful Forward has scored a sum of 7 league goals in this First Division A 2021 - 2022 season to date coming from a total of 10 appearances.