Betting guide: Genk favourite to beat Mechelen at Luminus Arena

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Competition: Belgium Pro League
Competition: Sun 20.September
Match begins: 16:15 (UTC)
Venue: Luminus Arena (24956 seats)

After five games we know a little more about the qualities of Genk and Mechelen in this fresh Pro League season. Read our match preview!

There should be plenty of energy on the pitch in this game, as both sides have had time to recuperate from their last game. Let's hope both teams are ready to give it all.

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Genk form and stats

Genk have less points than they have played home games in the Pro League so far. Their two previous attempts here have produced 1 point.

Genk faced defeat in their previous match, away at Beerschot-Wilrijk (2-5). Before that game, the home loss against Club Brugge with the scoreline 1-2.

A goal frenzy last time out for Genk, with a total of 7 goals in the match against Beerschot-Wilrijk. Fun stuff to watch!

The betting market estimate that the home team has about 55-60% chance of winning this match. There could be betting value if you think differently, so to help you here are the stats from Genk's earlier matches at home being 55%-60% favourite: Played four games, won one match, drawn three and lost zero.

Genk has scored 2 goals so far and conceded 3 goals from 2 home games. These are numbers from the league only.

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Mechelen form and stats

Things could have gone better for Mechelen in their Pro League away matches, but 3 points from 2 games is all right. Recent form does not give Mechelen much hope, as the visitors have lost three games in a row. Genk will be a tough nut to crack.

A. Vranckx was the last player to score for the away team. Mechelen haven't scored a league goal in the last 206 minutes.

This game can not go any worse than the last one, a Pro League home defeat versus KV Oostende with 0-1 on the scoreboard. Prior to that match, the Mechelen manager W. Vrancken faced defeat when travelling to Gent and losing 0-1.

Late heartbreak for Mechelen in the KV Oostende match, as the deciding 0-1 goal came deep into overtime.

As mentioned above, the odds for this match puts the home team as favourites. Perhaps this eases the pressure on the away team, who are capable of producing an upset here on a good day. Looking at earlier matches with similar odds and Mechelen playing away, we found one game. Results were zero away wins, zero draws and one home win.

Mechelen have the goal stats of 1-1 (for/against) from 2 business trips in the league at this early stage of the season.

Head 2 Head

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

Top Goalscorers

GenkC. Dessers
C. Dessers
2 goals
GenkE. Onuachu
E. Onuachu
2 goals
GenkT. Bongonda Mbul'Ofeko Batombo
T. Bongonda Mbul'Ofeko Batombo
1 goals

Genk missing players

Mechelen missing players

Genk Mechelen
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
5 2 0 Played P 2 2 5
1 0 0 Won W 1 1 1
2 1 0 Drew D 0 0 1
2 1 0 Lost L 1 1 3
6 2 0 Scored S 1 1 5
9 3 0 Conceded C 1 1 7
80% 100% 0% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 100%
80% 100% 0% Over 1.5 O 1.5 0% 0% 40%
60% 50% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 0% 40%
20% 0% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 0% 40%
20% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 20%
80% 100% 0% BTTS BTTS 0% 0% 40%
20% 0% 0% Clean Sheets C S 50% 50% 20%
20% 0% 0% Failed to Score F T 50% 50% 40%
 
4.8 4 0 Corners for (avg) C F 3.5 3.5 3.4
5.2 3 0 Corners against (avg) C A 4 4 5.4
2.2 2.5 0 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2 2 2.2
2 0 0 Red cards R C 0 0 0
 
36 17 0 Total Shots T S 9 9 22
15 4 0 Shots on Target S O 5 5 9
40% 50% 0% Goal Efficiency G E 20% 20% 56%
Key stats in Pro League this season:
  • All of Genk's home-matches have had more than 1,5 goals.
  • Genk have yet to win a game at home.
  • Mechelen haven’t played a single 0-0 game.
Genk Last season Mechelen
Total Home   Statistics Stat   Away Total
29 14   Played P   14 29
13 8   Won W   7 13
5 1   Drew D   1 5
11 5   Lost L   6 11
45 21   Scored S   21 46
42 18   Conceded C   19 43
100% 100%   Over 0.5 O 0.5   93% 97%
83% 79%   Over 1.5 O 1.5   86% 90%
62% 64%   Over 2.5 O 2.5   71% 69%
34% 29%   Over 3.5 O 3.5   21% 38%
14% 7%   Over 4.5 O 4.5   14% 14%
62% 64%   BTTS BTTS   50% 55%
21% 21%   Clean Sheets C S   29% 24%
17% 14%   Failed to Score F T   29% 24%
 
5.7 5.9   Corners for (avg) C F   3.5 4.3
4.2 3.4   Corners against (avg) C A   6.1 5.9
1.3 1.2   Yellow cards (avg) Y C   2.3 1.8
0 0   Red cards R C   2 3
 
248 161   Total Shots T S   61 225
120 72   Shots on Target S O   28 103
38% 29%   Goal Efficiency G E   75% 45%

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Sporting Charleroi 5 5 0 0 9 1 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 3 0 0 6 1 8 15
2 Beerschot-Wilrijk 5 4 0 1 11 7 3 2 0 1 8 6 2 2 0 0 3 1 4 12
3 Standard Liège 5 3 1 1 6 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 3 2 0 1 5 2 4 10
4 Kortrijk 5 3 1 1 7 4 3 1 1 1 4 3 2 2 0 0 3 1 3 10
5 Club Brugge 5 3 0 2 10 4 3 1 0 2 4 3 2 2 0 0 6 1 6 9
6 Anderlecht 5 2 3 0 10 6 3 2 1 0 6 2 2 0 2 0 4 4 4 9
7 OH Leuven 5 2 2 1 7 6 3 1 1 1 3 4 2 1 1 0 4 2 1 8
8 Antwerp 5 2 1 2 6 7 2 1 1 0 2 1 3 1 0 2 4 6 -1 7
9 Zulte-Waregem 5 2 0 3 7 8 3 1 0 2 5 5 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 6
10 Cercle Brugge 5 2 0 3 5 7 2 1 0 1 2 2 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2 6
11 AS Eupen 5 1 3 1 4 7 3 1 1 1 3 6 2 0 2 0 1 1 -3 6
12 KV Oostende 5 1 2 2 4 5 2 0 1 1 3 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 -1 5
13 Sint-Truiden 5 1 2 2 6 8 3 1 1 1 4 4 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 5
14 Genk 5 1 2 2 6 9 2 0 1 1 2 3 3 1 1 1 4 6 -3 5
15 Mechelen 5 1 1 3 5 7 3 0 1 2 4 6 2 1 0 1 1 1 -2 4
16 Gent 5 1 0 4 4 7 2 1 0 1 2 2 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 3
17 Waasland-Beveren 5 1 0 4 7 14 2 0 0 2 2 5 3 1 0 2 5 9 -7 3
18 Royal Excel Mouscron 5 0 2 3 2 7 2 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 2 1 2 5 -5 2

Read more about Pro League

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.