Cercle Brugge vs Charleroi by Isaiah
Cercle Brugge have shown much better performance last weekend, when the team prevailed with a 2:0 result away to Charleroi in a league game and now awaiting the same rival - they want to improve even further and get the qualification for the semi-finals of the Cup competition. It was very important victory last weekend, as they escaped from the relegation zone having now three points more than first relegating side.
Coach was happy after the previous game, saying that it was a very important game for them, now trying to turn all the attention to Cup match. He also added that midfielder Martens (newly signed) did a great job in the debut game for him. Defensive midfielder and team captain Thibaut van Acker (19/1) is suspended for this match, following yellow cards accumulated. Midfielder Faris Haroun (7/0) suffered an injury and won't play here. At international duty away to African Cup of Nations is main goalscorer, striker Junior Kabananga (21/7). Central defender Stef Wils (16/0) remains injured. On the bright side, main central defender Noe Dussenne (19/1) returns from suspension. Hosts will play in their usual 4-3-3 formation with Sukuta-Pasu, Godee and Buyl upfront.
Charleroi didn't enter the new year in the best possible way, as they made a setback at home losing 0:2 to tonight's opponent. They were simply very bad in the first halftime, having very passive role and were threatened on several occasions. Better performance was seen in the repetition, where both sides were equal, however they failed to avoid the defeat conceding two goals in last quarter of the game.
Now the team will have to prove that it was just a bad night from them, as they generally looked very passive and it seemed like they did nothing during the preparations. Positive news for them is that they have a 2:1 advantage from the first leg and that every draw would suit them here just fine. Main midfielder Karel Geraerts (16/1) suffered injury and won't play here. Offensive midfielder Neeskens Kebano (18/6) is at African Cup of Nations, same as substitute goalkeeper Parfait Mandana (5/0) and left back Francis N'Ganga (9/0). Striker Rossini (10/1) will probably soon be given a transfer, so he isn't calculated for this game.
Cercle Brugge comes into this match being in a very good forma and surely the odds for a home victory here should be a bit less. However, for me real value lies with over goals, as both teams work much better in the offense, than in defense, while the result from the first game almost grant us an open and attacking game from both sides, where the chances for three or more goals should be well over 50%.