2019-20 Belgian Jupiler Pro League – Royal Excel Mouscron vs Cercle Brugge Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Royal Excel Mouscron vs Cercle Brugge taking place? Saturday 22nd February, 2020 – 19:00 (UK)

Where is Royal Excel Mouscron vs Cercle Brugge taking place? Stade Le Canonnier, Mouscron

What television channel is Royal Excel Mouscron vs Cercle Brugge on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Royal Excel Mouscron vs Cercle Brugge? Belgian Jupiler Pro League matches are occasionally streamed on Betfair so it is worth checking their website

Where can I get tickets for Royal Excel Mouscron vs Cercle Brugge? Ticket information can be found on each club’s official website

THE TEAM NEWS

ROYAL EXCEL MOUSCRON

  • Mouscron made it back-to-back wins with a 2-1 away victory against Zulte-Waregem last weekend. Although their hopes of a top six finish look very slim, they do play three of the current bottom four in their remaining four matches of the regular season so may not have given up hope just yet.
  • Ghanaian forward Jonah Osabutey gave Mouscron a half time advantage against Zulte-Waregem with a good finish and shortly after the break their lead was doubled by Aleix Garcia. Their opponents pulled a goal back from the spot but Mouscron held on for the three points.
  • No fresh injury problems have been reported but a change will have to be made with Polish left back Rafal Pietrzak having been released from his contract to allow him to go back to Poland after he failed to settle since joining last summer.

CERCLE BRUGGE

  • Cercle Brugge are still four points adrift at the foot of the table but they have given themselves some optimism by winning back-to-back matches against Mechelen and Sint-Truiden.
  • Frenchman Kevin Hoggas was the match-winner against Sint-Truiden with a goal midway through the second half, but much credit has to go to the defence with Cercle Brugge keeping a clean sheet for only the second time since August.
  • In a bid to get as much support as possible for the team, the club gave away free tickets for their away fixture at Sint-Truiden and they have done the same for this fixture also.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these clubs come into this match having won consecutive league matches for the first time this season, which is more of a surprise in Mouscron’s case than it is with Cercle Brugge who are sitting at the bottom of the table. The fact that Mouscron have not kept a clean sheet in their last 19 league matches does give Cercle Brugge some hope but they may still lose out with a 2-1 home win predicted.

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