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The First Division A game at Jan Breydelstadion on Saturday sees home side Cercle Brugge playing against opponents Oud-Heverlee Leuven.
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Cercle Brugge will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following the 2-1 First Division A success vs Beerschot.
In that game, Cercle Brugge managed 42% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. For Cercle Brugge, the goals were scored by Giulian Biancone (18') and Ike Ugbo (34'). For their opponents, Beerschot got 8 shots at goal with 1 on target. Jan Van den Bergh (50') scored for Beerschot.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games where Cercle Brugge have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Groen en Zwart have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 6 goals on the way.
Their previous form shows that Cercle Brugge:
- have not beaten Oud-Heverlee Leuven in their last 5 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 3 league matches at home.
After tasting defeat last time out to KRC Genk in First Division A action, Oud-Heverlee Leuven will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, Oud-Heverlee Leuven managed 51% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 6 on target. For Oud-Heverlee Leuven, the scorers were Xavier Mercier (74') and Thomas Henry (90'). KRC Genk had 21 shots at goal with 8 of them on target. Kristian Thorstvedt (7'), Théo Bongonda (81') and Paul Onuachu (83') scored for KRC Genk.
Showing their fondness for eventful matches, we’ve seen goals 24 times in the previous 6 games in which Oud-Heverlee Leuven have taken to the pitch, making it a mean average of 4 goals each clash. Opposition teams have managed 12 of these goals. In any event, time will tell whether the trend will be sustained in this match.
Their previous form shows that Oud-Heverlee Leuven:
- have not lost to Cercle Brugge when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 2 away league matches.
- have not won away from home in their last 5 league games.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head-to-head meetings dating back to 18/08/2012 shows that Cercle Brugge have won 1 of these & Oud-Heverlee Leuven 3, with the tally of drawn results being 2.
A total of 20 goals were produced between them in these games, with 8 of them for Groen en Zwart and 12 for OHL. The average goals per game has been 3.33.
Team News: Cercle Brugge
Jean Marcelin (Torn Muscle Fibre), Miguel Van Damme (Cancer) and Andi Koshi (Meniscal Injury) aren’t available for Cercle boss Yves Vanderhaeghe. Ineligible players who cannot play in this game through suspension are Dimitar Velkovski and Giulian Biancone.
Team News: Oud-Heverlee Leuven
OH Leuven boss Marc Brys has some current player fitness concerns. Samy Kehli (Back Injury), Frédéric Duplus (Tibia Fracture) and Kenneth Schuermans (Achilles tendon rupture) are those who can’t be considered.
We’re of the view that Oud-Heverlee Leuven may find it difficult to score goals against this Cercle Brugge outfit who we think might well score at least once to gain the upper hand.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 1-0 winning margin for Cercle Brugge when the full-time whistle blows.
Little in this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Jan Breydelstadion (29,062)
Captain: Jérémy Taravel
Chairman: Vincent Goemaere
Manager: Yves Vanderhaeghe
Competitions: First Division A position 16
🔑 Key Player: Ike Ugbo
Mostly played in the Striker position, Ike Ugbo was born in Lewisham, England. Having made a first senior appearance for Barnsley in the 2017 - 2018 season, the dangerous Forward has contributed 13 league goals in the First Division A 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in a total of 30 appearances.