Mechelen favourites for feisty fight facing Zulte-Waregem

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Competition: Belgium Pro League
Competition: Sat 10.April
Match begins: 16:30 (UTC)
Venue: AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne

Mechelen will hope to utilise their home advantage to help bridge the gap to today’s opponents. The home side are currently 4 points behind Zulte-Waregem.

Insights:
  • Mechelen have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Zulte-Waregem have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.

Both teams have had enough rest since their last competitive action. Let's hope for an energetic game!

Zulte-Waregem is no longer fighting for a cause; they can neither go up or down this season.

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Mechelen form and stats

Mechelen have played 16 Pro League games at their own stadium so far this season, resulting in 4-5-7 (wins-draws-losses). Three draws from their last three home games means a steady supply of points here at AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne, but a victory now would be sweet for Mechelen.

The fans are hoping that Mechelen will strike back in this match, putting things right after the 1-2 away loss in the Pro League game against Sint-Truiden (placed 14th). Before that, Mechelen drew at home versus OH Leuven.

The hosts are favourites to win this game, with an estimated chance of about 55-60% of that outcome. Earlier Mechelen matches with similar probabilities have ended with two wins, one draw and three defeats (from six games).

The Mechelen fans have had their share of opportunities to cheer home goals this season, having seen 25 goals in 16 league matches. Defensively it’s touch-and-go for the home team as 28 goals have been conceded. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 3 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 home matches.

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Zulte-Waregem form and stats

8 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses. That’s the product of Zulte-Waregem playing as the away team in the Pro League this season. Zulte-Waregem has lost their two previous away games and are eager to kill a negative trend in its infancy.

Impressive finishing from Ewoud Pletinckx and Laurens De Bock secured the home win 2-1 against AS Eupen in their previous game. A 1-4 defeat away at Anderlecht before that.

Zulte-Waregem goalie Louis Bostyn was high and low in the AS Eupen game, contributing seven saves towards the victory.

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 Zulte-Waregem playing away, we found three games. Results were one away win, two draws and zero home wins.

The travelling fans enjoy Zulte-Waregem's attacking play in away games, having scored 28 goals in 16 league matches away. It's been trouble in front of goal recently, as only 3 of these goals has been scored in their last three away matches. In the opposite end, Zulte-Waregem have conceded 27 goals in their away games.

Head 2 Head

The last H2H meeting was Zulte-Waregem - Mechelen 1-2, played this season. Mechelen-Zulte-Waregem H2H statistics last ten meetings regardless of arena: Mechelen four wins, Zulte-Waregem five wins, one draw. six of these ten matches had three or more goals (over 2,5).

Top Goalscorers

Zulte-WaregemG. Bruno
G. Bruno
17 goals
MechelenG. Hairemans
G. Hairemans
8 goals
MechelenI. Rinck de Camargo
I. Rinck de Camargo
7 goals

Mechelen missing players

Zulte-Waregem missing players

Mechelen Zulte-Waregem
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
32 16 5 Played P 5 16 32
11 4 1 Won W 1 8 14
9 5 2 Drew D 2 2 4
12 7 2 Lost L 2 6 14
46 25 5 Scored S 8 28 49
51 28 6 Conceded C 8 27 58
97% 94% 80% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 100%
81% 88% 60% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 88% 88%
66% 75% 60% Over 2.5 O 2.5 80% 81% 75%
38% 44% 20% Over 3.5 O 3.5 40% 44% 41%
19% 25% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 25% 25%
62% 56% 20% BTTS BTTS 80% 69% 66%
22% 25% 40% Clean Sheets C S 20% 19% 16%
19% 25% 60% Failed to Score F T 0% 12% 19%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
1.8 1.9 1.8 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 1.4 1.7 1.6
3 3 0 Red cards R C 0 1 3
 
10.2 9.4 8 Shots (avg) S ( 9.8 8.9 7.4
4.4 3.9 2.6 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3 3.9 3.2
33% 40% 38% Goal Efficiency G E 53% 45% 48%
Key stats in Pro League this season:
  • Mechelen have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Zulte-Waregem have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Zulte-Waregem 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 Club Brugge 32 23 4 5 68 22 16 11 1 4 30 13 16 12 3 1 38 9 46 73
2 Antwerp 32 16 6 10 51 44 16 8 4 4 27 23 16 8 2 6 24 21 7 54
3 Genk 32 15 8 9 61 45 16 8 5 3 34 20 16 7 3 6 27 25 16 53
4 Anderlecht 32 13 13 6 48 33 16 8 7 1 23 10 16 5 6 5 25 23 15 52
5 KV Oostende 32 14 7 11 46 39 16 9 4 3 32 20 16 5 3 8 14 19 7 49
6 Zulte-Waregem 32 14 4 14 49 58 16 6 2 8 21 31 16 8 2 6 28 27 -9 46
7 OH Leuven 32 12 9 11 53 54 16 8 2 6 23 21 16 4 7 5 30 33 -1 45
8 Beerschot-Wilrijk 31 13 5 13 55 58 15 6 4 5 29 26 16 7 1 8 26 32 -3 44
9 Standard Liege 32 11 11 10 45 41 16 6 7 3 23 20 16 5 4 7 22 21 4 44
10 Gent 32 12 7 13 44 40 16 7 3 6 25 21 16 5 4 7 19 19 4 43
11 Sporting Charleroi 31 11 9 11 43 40 16 5 6 5 16 13 15 6 3 6 27 27 3 42
12 Mechelen 32 11 9 12 46 51 16 4 5 7 25 28 16 7 4 5 21 23 -5 42
13 AS Eupen 32 9 13 10 41 49 16 5 6 5 24 26 16 4 7 5 17 23 -8 40
14 Sint-Truiden 32 10 8 14 41 47 16 6 3 7 20 19 16 4 5 7 21 28 -6 38
15 Kortrijk 32 10 6 16 39 50 16 5 2 9 23 31 16 5 4 7 16 19 -11 36
16 Cercle Brugge 32 10 2 20 36 50 16 5 1 10 22 26 16 5 1 10 14 24 -14 32
17 Royal Excel Mouscron 32 7 10 15 28 47 16 4 5 7 15 19 16 3 5 8 13 28 -19 31
18 Waasland-Beveren 32 7 7 18 39 65 16 3 2 11 18 36 16 4 5 7 21 29 -26 28

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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.