2019-20 Belgian Jupiler Pro League – Antwerp vs Sporting Charleroi Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Antwerp vs Sporting Charleroi taking place? Sunday 16th February, 2020 – 13:30 (UK)

Where is Antwerp vs Sporting Charleroi taking place? Bosuilstadion

What television channel is Antwerp vs Sporting Charleroi on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Antwerp vs Sporting Charleroi? Belgian Jupiler Pro League matches are occasionally streamed on Betfair so it is worth checking their website

Where can I get tickets for Antwerp vs Sporting Charleroi? Ticket information can be found on each club’s official website

THE TEAM NEWS

ANTWERP

  • Antwerp dropped points at home for only the third time this season as they came from behind to draw 1-1 against fellow top six rivals Genk on Thursday evening. The draw still extended their recent record to just one defeat in their last 16 competitive matches.
  • Despite a strong start to the match Antwerp fell behind against Genk after 12 minutes but they responded well and their pressure finally paid off with an equaliser not long before half time. In the second period Antwerp created a good number of opportunities but were frustrated in their efforts and had to settle for a point.
  • Central defender Dino Arslanagic should return to the team after missing the match against Genk due to suspension, while fellow defender Wesley Hoedt was also absent through injury but it is unclear if he will be fit to return.

SPORTING CHARLEROI

  • Sporting Charleroi come into this match having won back-to-back home games against Zulte Waregem and Mechelen. Their 1-0 defeat against Genk at the start of February is their only reversal in their last 16 league matches and they sit one point ahead of Antwerp in the league table.
  • They were forced to work hard for the win against Mechelen with Mamadou Fall scoring the winning goal with just under ten minutes remaining shortly after Togui had cancelled out Sharmar Nicholson’s opening goal.
  • No fresh injury problems have been reported but midfielder Christophe Diandy remains a long-term absentee having suffered a bad knee injury in the Autumn.

THE PREDICTION

This is an intriguing fixture between two teams who have proven very hard to beat over the last few months and it promises to be a close contest. Antwerp in particular have a formidable unbeaten home record and Charleroi will need to improve on their recent goal-scoring form away from home, scoring just two goals in their last four away matches, if they are to end that unbeaten run. Antwerp themselves have not been sharp in front of goal in the last three games and this could turn out to be a low-scoring draw.

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