KV Mechelen face off with Oostende in Sunday’s big First Division A - Play-Offs fixture.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for KV Mechelen v Oostende, scroll down - as well as up-to-date odds.
KV Mechelen head into this game coming off the back of a 2-2 First Division A - Play-Offs drawn result against KAA Gent.
In that match, KV Mechelen had 49% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 6 on target. For KV Mechelen, the scorers were Nikola Storm (29') and Ferdy Druijf (32'). For their opponents, KAA Gent got 15 shots on goal with 4 on target. Roman Yaremchuk (46') and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (49') scored for KAA Gent.
Mechelen have been finding it hard to keep clean sheets of late, but they have also done enough to score goals themselves. Looking at their last 6 games, Mechelen have seen their goal breached in 6 of them as well as managing to get on the scoresheet in 6 of those games. We will just have to find out whether or not that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Oostende come into this clash after a 6-2 First Division A - Play-Offs win over Standard Liège in their last match.
In that game, Oostende managed 48% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 8 on target. For Oostende, goals were scored by Marko Kvasina (30'), Nick Bätzner (39'), Arthur Theate (43'), Andrew Hjulsager (64'), Théo Ndicka (93') and Indy Boonen (96'). For their opponents, Standard Liège got 13 shots on goal with 7 on target. Jackson Muleka (44') and Mehdi Carcela-González (45') scored for Standard Liège.
The stats don’t lie, and Oostende have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 7 goals in total. In defence, De Kustboys can certainly do much better.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 10/09/2017 shows that KV Mechelen have won 2 of them and Oostende 3, with the tally of draws standing at 1.
A combined total of 10 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 4 of them from Mechelen and 6 netted by De Kustboys. The average goals per game has been 1.67.
The previous league clash featuring these sides was First Division A match day 28 on 27/02/2021 and the score finished Oostende 2-0 KV Mechelen.
The match was refereed by Bert Put.
Team News: KV Mechelen
Gaëtan Coucke (Torn Meniscus) and Gustav Engvall (Knee Injury) will be missing for Mechelen gaffer Wouter Vrancken.
Team News: Oostende
Due to a mostly healthy squad, there’s only a single fitness issue for the Oostende boss Alexander Blessin to be concerned with. Cameron McGeehan (Foot Injury) won’t be playing here.
One thing is for certain, Oostende will need to be at their best to score against a KV Mechelen outfit who have the capability to really boss this match.
Our selection here is for a convincing 3-0 win for KV Mechelen by the conclusion of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: AFAS-Stadion (16,672)
Captain: Onur Kaya
Chairman: Johan Timmermans
Manager: Wouter Vrancken
Competitions: First Division A position 8
🔑 Star Player: Igor de Camargo
Normally used in the Striker position, Igor de Camargo was born in Porto Feliz, Brazil. Having played his first senior match for KRC Genk in the 2001 - 2002 season, the talented Forward has got 8 league goals in the First Division A 2020 - 2021 season so far in 27 appearances.