Antwerp was set as a favorite in their clash away from home against Cercle Brugge, however, the team defeated all the odds to get the victory back then. They stood behind in the scoreline in the second minute, also staying with a man less in the seventh minute when their defender Hoedt got red-carded.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, they managed to level up in the thirteenth minute via Refaelov staying generally passive towards the opponent during the game. Antwerp had more of the ball possession in the second, while the guests managed to take the lead via De Sart in the 55th minute in one of the rare concrete chances from both sides in the second half.
It was ninth consecutive game in Jupiler League with no loss for Antwerp, as the side now stands on the second position sharing the place together with Gent and surely aims a victory in this one.
The home side can't count at suspended midfielder Haroun (19/0) and defender Hoedt (17/0). Injured are defender Batubinska (4/0) and midfielder Miyoshi (9/1). Defender Matheus (14/0) is doubtful, the same as midfielder Coopman (10/0).
Waregem got completely outplayed last weekend when the team welcomed Genk in a 0:3 loss. They conceded a goal in the middle of the first halftime, in overall quite an open first halftime. They tried to react in the second halftime and had more of the ball possession but the defensive lineup let them down conceding two more, even though the guests didn't create that much either.
It was a third consecutive defeat for Waregem now, as the team stands three points below the playoff zone for the moment. Waregem had a 1:1 game away to Club Brugge KV in the Belgian Cup semi-finals game in the first leg last Wednesday night and now have far better chances to progress further, even though being generally outplayed by Club Brugge in that game.
The guests continue to miss defender Pletinchkx (20/0) due to injury, while doubtful are defender Burki (16/0), midfielders Govea (18/2) and Sick (21/2) coming off from injuries.
Antwerp is showing much more during the whole season and that can't be neglected this time. Waregem is far from a reliable side away from home and additionally is in a pretty poor momentum. The hosts should have no real problems getting a victory in an easy way, if only they remind of a team in most of their home clashes this season.
Antwerp vs Zulte-Waregem betting tips
Antwerp -1 Asian Handicap (Stake: 8)Odds: 1.80 at Pinnacle
Result: 2-1 PUSH (Stake return)