Balanced ball game between Cercle Brugge and Mechelen expected

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Competition: Belgium Pro League
Competition: Sat 27.November
Match begins: 17:30 (UTC)
Venue: Jan Breydelstadion (29975 seats)

Cercle Brugge played 1-2 score facing Sporting Charleroi last match, a game to keep in mind. Next is this firm Mechelen team.

Insights:
  • Cercle Brugge is in the worst form (0-2-4)
  • Mechelen have scored at least twice as many goals away as Cercle Brugge have scored home.

Both teams should be fairly well rested for this game, as they have had some quiet days to prepare. Hopefully this will translate into lots of action on the pitch.

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Cercle Brugge form and stats

Cercle Brugge's results here at Jan Breydelstadion in the Pro League have been very modest with 0 victories, 2 draws and 6 defeats. With eight home Pro League games in a row without a win, the Cercle fans could feel they are not getting value for their money. It remains to be seen whether this unfortunate streak, which started after the OH Leuven game long ago, can be stopped today.

The Cercle fans got no joy from their last match, a Pro League game also here at Jan Breydelstadion: A 1-2 defeat against Sporting Charleroi (placed 5th). Defender Vitinho got the top score of the team in the match with a rating of 7.62/10. Vitinho hit two key passes and won 8 of 10 duels.

Before that game, the home loss against Antwerp with the scoreline 0-1.

This is expected to be a close game, with Cercle perhaps considered small favourites due to their home advantage. Looking back at earlier matches similar to this one (expected to be close with Cercle Brugge as a small favourite), we find seven games. Cercle Brugge has won one of these, drawn two and lost four.

Cercle are traveling soon after this match as the Belgian Cup match at Mechelen awaits in four days.

Cercle Brugge aren't scoring a lot here at Jan Breydelstadion in the league, with only 5 goals from 8 games. Cercle have conceded 13 from these games. When Cercle hosts teams that live on the top of the table (like Beerschot-Wilrijk, RFC Seraing, OH Leuven, KV Oostende and Zulte-Waregem), the matches have ended over 2.5 goals 3 of 4 times.

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Mechelen form and stats

The story so far for the visiting team on their Pro League travels is 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats. It’s been three wins in a row for Mechelen on their travels, an amazing performance which inspire hopes of making this one the fourth consecutive victory.

The supporters enjoyed Mechelen's previous game versus Club Brugge (placed 3rd), a Pro League 2-1 win played at home. Midfield player Rob Schoofs was the top player of the team with a match rating of 8.4/10. Schoofs scored one goal, hit four key passes, dribled past the opponent 4 of 5 times and had 57 successful passes (of 70 total).

A 0-1 loss hosting Sint-Truiden before that.

As mentioned above, this is an open game with no clear favourite. We have found seven similar matches played by Mechelen in our archives, and the results are: four wins for Mechelen, two draws and one defeat.

The visitors are returning home after this fixture, hosting Cercle Brugge in just four days.

Mechelen are not goal shy away from home in the league, finding the net 11 times in 7 away games so far. It's worth mentioning that 7 of these goals has been scored in their last three away matches. For Mechelen, more than two goals on average per game end up in their own net.

Head 2 Head

Head-2-head stats last ten meetings: three - one - six (Cercle wins - draws - Mechelen wins). As for goals, six matches ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), four had two or less.

Top Goalscorers

MechelenN. Storm
N. Storm
6 goals
MechelenK. Mrabti
K. Mrabti
5 goals
MechelenH. Cuypers
H. Cuypers
5 goals

Cercle Brugge missing players

Mechelen missing players

Cercle Brugge Mechelen
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
15 8 4 Played P 3 7 15
2 0 0 Won W 2 3 8
4 2 0 Drew D 0 1 2
9 6 4 Lost L 1 3 5
15 5 2 Scored S 5 11 27
23 13 8 Conceded C 3 14 25
100% 100% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 100%
80% 75% 75% Over 1.5 O 1.5 33% 71% 80%
53% 50% 75% Over 2.5 O 2.5 33% 43% 60%
7% 0% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 33% 43% 53%
7% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 33% 29% 20%
73% 62% 50% BTTS BTTS 33% 43% 60%
7% 0% 0% Clean Sheets C S 33% 29% 20%
20% 38% 50% Failed to Score F T 33% 29% 20%
 
4.7 5.1 5 Corners for (avg) C F 5.3 4.6 5.9
4.5 3.5 4 Corners against (avg) C A 6.3 7.4 5.9
2.4 2.2 2.5 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 3 2.4 2.1
0 0 0 Red cards R C 0 0 0
 
12.2 13.8 13 Shots (avg) S ( 8 9 10.7
4 3.5 3 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3.7 3.7 4.4
25% 18% 17% Goal Efficiency G E 45% 42% 41%
 
10 10.6 12.5 Shots against (avg) S A 13 13.9 13.3
4.1 4 4 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 4.7 5.6 4.7
Key stats in Pro League this season:
  • Cercle Brugge have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored at home.
  • Cercle Brugge have failed to keep a clean sheet in all their home matches.
  • Cercle Brugge have the fewest points (2) at home in Pro League
  • Cercle Brugge have the fewest scored goals in the second half (8) in Pro League
  • Cercle Brugge have the most dropped points from leading position (14) in Pro League
  • Cercle Brugge have yet to win a game at home.
  • Cercle Brugge haven’t played a single 0-0 game.
  • Cercle Brugge is in the worst form (0-2-4)
  • Mechelen have scored at least twice as many goals away as Cercle Brugge have scored home.
  • Mechelen have won significantly less corners away then at home.
  • Mechelen haven’t played a single 0-0 game.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Union Saint-Gilloise 15 11 1 3 40 14 7 5 0 2 17 6 8 6 1 1 23 8 26 34
2 Antwerp 15 8 3 4 26 18 7 4 2 1 12 7 8 4 1 3 14 11 8 27
3 Club Brugge 15 7 6 2 26 19 7 3 4 0 14 8 8 4 2 2 12 11 7 27
4 Mechelen 15 8 2 5 27 25 8 5 1 2 16 11 7 3 1 3 11 14 2 26
5 Sporting Charleroi 15 7 5 3 27 19 7 3 2 2 11 6 8 4 3 1 16 13 8 26
6 Anderlecht 15 5 7 3 28 21 8 3 4 1 20 12 7 2 3 2 8 9 7 22
7 Gent 15 6 3 6 23 16 7 4 1 2 16 9 8 2 2 4 7 7 7 21
8 Genk 15 6 3 6 28 25 7 3 2 2 13 9 8 3 1 4 15 16 3 21
9 AS Eupen 15 6 3 6 24 22 7 2 2 3 10 11 8 4 1 3 14 11 2 21
10 Sint-Truiden 15 6 3 6 17 21 8 2 2 4 10 14 7 4 1 2 7 7 -4 21
11 Kortrijk 15 5 6 4 18 17 7 3 3 1 10 7 8 2 3 3 8 10 1 21
12 Standard Liege 15 5 5 5 17 23 8 2 3 3 9 12 7 3 2 2 8 11 -6 20
13 KV Oostende 15 5 2 8 19 32 8 3 1 4 11 20 7 2 1 4 8 12 -13 17
14 OH Leuven 15 3 8 4 19 25 8 3 3 2 11 11 7 0 5 2 8 14 -6 17
15 RFC Seraing 15 5 1 9 19 28 7 3 1 3 11 9 8 2 0 6 8 19 -9 16
16 Zulte-Waregem 15 3 5 7 23 35 8 1 2 5 12 23 7 2 3 2 11 12 -12 14
17 Cercle Brugge 15 2 4 9 15 23 8 0 2 6 5 13 7 2 2 3 10 10 -8 10
18 Beerschot-Wilrijk 15 2 3 10 15 28 8 2 0 6 5 10 7 0 3 4 10 18 -13 9

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The First Division A is the top league of the football pyramid in Belgium, founded in 1895. It was earlier known as the Belgian Pro League. The season runs from July to May with 16 teams each playing 30 fixtures. The top six in the league table then play a championship playoff, the bottom team is relegated and places #7 to #15 have a Europa League playoff.