Open game expected at King Power at Den Dreef Stadion: OH Leuven vs Mechelen preview

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Competition: Belgium Pro League
Competition: Sat 15.January
Match begins: 15:15 (UTC)
Venue: King Power at Den Dreef Stadion (12500 seats)

Hey! Here's all you need to know about the Pro League fixture OH Leuven - Mechelen!

Insights:
  • Mechelen have won significantly less corners away then at home.

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OH Leuven form and stats

4-3-4 (win-draw-lost) are the Pro League numbers at home for OH Leuven so far this season.

It's back home for Leuven, who return with a good feeling about themselves after beating Sporting Charleroi away with the result 3-0. Kaba, Al-Taamari and Norre found the net in that victory. Leuven goalkeeper Rúnarsson did an outstanding job against Sporting Charleroi with seven saves, so vital to securing the victory. Al-Taamari (midfield was the top team player in that game with a rating of 8.25/10. Al-Taamari scored one goal, hit two key passes and dribled past the opponent 2 of 3 times.

A Belgian Cup defeat was the result before that one, 1-4 away at Club Brugge.

The bookmakers consider this a fairly even contest. One could say only the home advantage separates the teams. It could be relevant to look at how Leuven have performed in matches similar to this (as small favourites). Our database has found ten matches with the results: Won three, drawn three and lost four.

The Leuven fans would probably like to see some more goals scored at their own stadium in the league, the tally being 14 in 11 matches. Defensively it’s touch-and-go for the home team as 17 goals have been conceded.

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Mechelen form and stats

Mechelen have only collected 10 points from their away games in the Pro League, after 3-1-6 (10 played). Three might be a magic number, but there's been little wizardry in Mechelen's last three away games as they have all been lost.

Mechelen won their last game, 2-0 versus RFC Seraing played at home. Goalkeeper Coucke got the top player rating of the team with 8.41/10. Coucke stopped the opponent with five saves and topped it up with a clean sheet.

A loss against AS Eupen was the result prior to that, in a Belgian Cup home game.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Mechelen playing away and similar expectations, we found eight relevant matches. Results were three Mechelen wins, two draws and three defeats.

Mechelen have another match away in just four nights, a Pro League fixture versus Genk. A hard fixture list for them!

Scoring goals is the main ingredient in creating success in football, and not only at home. So far Mechelen have scored 14 goals in 10 league games away. Mechelen have conceded 22 goals in these games.

Head 2 Head

OH Leuven and Mechelen have met previously this season: Mechelen - OH Leuven 2-0. Last ten meetings involving these contenders: Leuven won two, Mechelen triumphed in five and we saw three draws. eight games with more than 2,5 goals, two matches with less than 2,5 goals.

Top Goalscorers

MechelenN. Storm
N. Storm
11 goals
MechelenK. Mrabti
K. Mrabti
8 goals
LeuvenM. Maertens
M. Maertens
7 goals

OH Leuven missing players

Mechelen missing players

OH Leuven Mechelen
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
21 11 2 Played P 3 10 21
6 4 0 Won W 1 3 10
8 3 0 Drew D 1 1 3
7 4 2 Lost L 1 6 8
29 14 1 Scored S 5 14 37
34 17 5 Conceded C 5 22 37
95% 91% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 100%
86% 73% 50% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 80% 86%
62% 55% 50% Over 2.5 O 2.5 67% 50% 57%
43% 36% 50% Over 3.5 O 3.5 67% 50% 52%
14% 27% 50% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 30% 24%
71% 73% 50% BTTS BTTS 67% 50% 62%
14% 18% 0% Clean Sheets C S 33% 20% 19%
19% 18% 50% Failed to Score F T 0% 30% 19%
 
4.9 4.9 6 Corners for (avg) C F 4.3 4.4 5.5
6 5.9 9 Corners against (avg) C A 7 7.3 6.6
1.8 1.7 1 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2.7 2.2 2.1
5 2 0 Red cards R C 0 0 1
 
13 13.4 15 Shots (avg) S ( 9.3 9.3 11.1
4.9 5.1 4 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3 3.4 4.2
28% 25% 12% Goal Efficiency G E 56% 41% 42%
 
16.1 15.3 16 Shots against (avg) S A 13.3 14.7 14.4
5.5 5.8 6 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 5 5.9 5.1
Key stats in Pro League this season:
  • 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 21 15 2 4 50 20 11 7 1 3 23 11 10 8 1 1 27 9 30 47
2 Club Brugge 21 11 7 3 41 28 10 5 5 0 22 12 11 6 2 3 19 16 13 40
3 Anderlecht 21 10 8 3 50 26 10 5 4 1 25 14 11 5 4 2 25 12 24 38
4 Antwerp 20 11 4 5 37 24 10 6 2 2 21 12 10 5 2 3 16 12 13 37
5 Gent 21 10 4 7 33 22 10 7 1 2 22 11 11 3 3 5 11 11 11 34
6 Mechelen 21 10 3 8 37 37 11 7 2 2 23 15 10 3 1 6 14 22 0 33
7 Sporting Charleroi 20 9 5 6 38 29 10 4 2 4 13 12 10 5 3 2 22 17 9 32
8 Kortrijk 20 8 7 5 26 22 9 4 3 2 12 10 11 4 4 3 14 12 4 31
9 Genk 21 8 5 8 40 33 10 4 3 3 20 15 11 4 2 5 20 18 7 29
10 OH Leuven 21 6 8 7 29 34 11 4 3 4 14 17 10 2 5 3 15 17 -5 26
11 Cercle Brugge 21 7 4 10 28 28 11 3 2 6 12 14 10 4 2 4 16 14 0 25
12 AS Eupen 21 7 4 10 30 36 10 3 3 4 13 17 11 4 1 6 17 19 -6 25
13 Sint-Truiden 21 7 3 11 22 31 11 3 2 6 14 18 10 4 1 5 8 13 -9 24
14 KV Oostende 21 7 2 12 23 43 11 4 1 6 13 27 10 3 1 6 10 16 -20 23
15 Standard Liege 19 6 5 8 22 34 9 2 3 4 9 13 10 4 2 4 13 18 -12 23
16 Zulte-Waregem 21 6 5 10 31 45 11 3 2 6 17 27 10 3 3 4 14 18 -14 23
17 RFC Seraing 21 6 1 14 23 42 10 4 1 5 13 16 11 2 0 9 10 26 -19 19
18 Beerschot-Wilrijk 20 2 3 15 15 41 11 2 0 9 5 20 9 0 3 6 10 21 -26 9

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.