Anderlecht vs Club Brugge Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Anderlecht vs Club Brugge taking place? Sunday, January 19th (17:00 UK / 18:00 CET)

Where is Anderlecht vs Club Brugge taking place? Lotto Park, Brussels

What television channel is Anderlecht vs Club Brugge on? Anderlecht v Club Brugge will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Anderlecht vs Club Brugge? Anderlecht v Club Brugge will be streamed live in the UK on Betfair

Where can I get tickets for Anderlecht vs Club Brugge? Ticket information for this game can be found here!

THE TEAM NEWS

ANDERLECHT

  • Anderlecht went into the winter break sitting in the bottom half of the table so they will be motivated to move into the top hale but they face a tough task against leaders Club Brugge who knocked them out of the cup prior to Christmas.
  • Injuries have blighted them in the first half of the season and they have been dealt a further by the news that former Leeds forward Kemar Roofe is expected to be out for several weeks which leaves them light on options in attack so Nacer Chadli will deputise there.
  • In addition to Roofe, Samir Nasri is considered a major injury doubt so his participation remains in doubt and there remains plenty of unrest behind the scenes as the club desperately try to offload several players to enable them to bring more into the club, and that does not bode well along with the injuries coming into this game.

CLUB BRUGGE

  • Club Brugge carried a hefty ten-point lead into the winter break ahead of their nearest rivals Sporting Charleroi, and they will be motivated to kick on in this second half of the season and not allow any of the chasing pack to close the gap on them.
  • They have played a couple of friendlies in the break as they beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 but lost to Ajax as they played good quality opposition, and their preparations ahead of their return to action have been much calmer than their rivals here.
  • The club have received plenty of interest in forward Emmanuel Dennis during the winter transfer window and there is a chance that the Nigerian will be allowed to leave given the likes of Leicester and Monaco have been scouting him, although the club will demand more than 20m Euros for the signature of Dennis who will be keen to impress here.

THE PREDICTION

Everything coming into this game points in favour of the league leaders as Club Brugge have to be favoured to pick up yet another win over Anderlecht. The hosts remain in disarray as their form is questionable, they have already lost twice to Club Brugge in league and cup this season, and their team news does not make positive reading. Brugge beat Anderlecht in Brussels 0-2 in the cup before Christmas, and they could well pick up a similar result here.

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