Oostende will do battle with guests KV Mechelen at Diaz Arena in this First Division A clash on Saturday.
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Oostende enter this match following a 1-1 First Division A draw versus Eupen.
The only player to score from Oostende was Andrew Hjulsager (49'). Amara Baby (84') scored for Eupen.
It has been all too rare in recent times that Oostende haven’t conceded. The reality is that De Kustboys have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 10 goals along the way. Having said that, we must now wait to see if that pattern might be maintained in this next match or not.
Coming into this clash, Oostende are unbeaten in their previous 8 home league matches. A very good run at home.
In their previous fixture, KV Mechelen drew 1-1 in the First Division A tie with KAA Gent.
The only scorer from KV Mechelen was Nikola Storm (16'). Roman Yaremchuk (10') was the scorer for KAA Gent.
Over the course of 5 of the prior six games involving KV Mechelen, a notably low volume of goals have been scored between them and their opponents. The overall average number of goals per game within that period comes to a paltry 1.5, with the average goals for Mechelen standing at 1.17.
Coming into this meeting, KV Mechelen haven't been defeated in their previous 9 away league matches. They really have been good on their travels.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head to head meetings dating back to 04/02/2017 shows us that Oostende have won 3 of these games & KV Mechelen 2, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
In all, 10 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 6 from De Kustboys and 4 coming from Mechelen. The average goals per game has been 1.67.
The last league contest featuring these clubs was First Division A match day 5 on 12/09/2020 when it finished KV Mechelen 0-1 Oostende.
The match was refereed by Lothar D'hondt.
Team News: Oostende
Oostende manager Alexander Blessin will be grateful to have no fitness concerns at all coming into this clash with a fully healthy group ready to go.
Team News: KV Mechelen
Mechelen boss Wouter Vrancken has a number of players out of action. Issa Kabore (Hamstring Injury), Gustav Engvall (Knee Injury) and Maryan Shved (tendon irritation) are not able to play.
We’re of the opinion that KV Mechelen and Oostende won’t have much between them here, and goals could be hard to come by.
Let’s see how it plays out, but a draw with few scoring chances is looking likely to us. We’re therefore tipping a very close game with a 0-0 draw at the end of this one.
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)
Captain: Kévin Vandendriessche
Chairman: Gauthier Ganaye
Manager: Alexander Blessin
Competitions: First Division A position 4
⭐ Star Player: Fashion Sakala
Normally used in the Striker position, Fashion Sakala was born in Kawele, Zambia. Having made a first senior appearance for Oostende in the 2018 - 2019 season, the gifted Forward has hit 13 league goals in the First Division A 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 24 appearances.